ERKKILA, Betsy. American, b. 1944. Genres: Cultural/Ethnic topics, Gay and lesbian issues, Literary criticism and history, Women's studies and issues, Biography. Career: University of Amiens, France, Fulbright lecturer in American studies, 1972-74; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, assistant professor, 1980-86, associate professor, 1986-90, professor of English, from 1990, director of Walt Whitman Conference, 1992; Northwestern University, Henry Sanborn Noyes Professor of Literature. California State University, Chico, visiting assistant professor of English, 1974-80; California State University, director of London and Paris Travel-Study Program, 1977, 1978; Columbia University, adjunct associate professor, 1988; Princeton University, adjunct professor, 1990. Publications: Walt Whitman among the French: Poet and Myth, 1980; Whitman the Political Poet, 1989; The Wicked Sisters: Women Poets, Literary History, and Discord, 1992. EDITOR: (with J. Grossman) Breaking Bounds: Whitman and American Cultural Studies, 1996; Ezra Pound: The Contemporary Reviews, fotthcoming. Address: Department of English, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208-2240, U.S.A.