Dr. Melissa Ridley Elmes (B.A., French, The College of William and Mary; ; M.A., English, Longwood University; MFA, Creative Writing, Lindenwood University; Ph.D., English, University of North Carolina Greensboro) is an interdisciplinary literary historian of the medieval period, with particular emphasis on the 10-15th-century Northern European and British Isles literatures and cultures, including Old/Middle English, Welsh, Irish, Anglo-Norman, and Old Norse/Icelandic. Her teaching and research interests include women's and gender studies, violence and trauma, alchemy and magic, monsters and the supernatural, Arthuriana, Chaucer, outlaws and tricksters, and myth, folk, and fairy tales. She is an award-winning instructor as well as a high-profile scholar, with recent articles in Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium, Modern Philology and Medieval Feminist Forum, an edited collection of essays on the fairy Melusine (Brill, 2017) and a forthcoming volume of essays on Food and Feast in Premodern Outlaw Tales (Routledge, 2021) alongside other forthcoming projects on female friendship, fairies and power, gender and violence in medieval drama, ethics in the Arthurian legend, and medieval and Celtic literature pedagogy. Dr. Elmes is also a writer of poetry and fiction, and the author of Arthurian Things: A Collection of Poems (Dark Myth Publications, 2020). She is Associate Editor of The Heroic Age, book reviews editor for Medieval Feminist Forum, serves on the advisory boards of several scholarly presses and organizations, and is currently a member of the MLA executive forum for Celtic Studies and the President of the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship.