James Blasingame is an associate professor of English at Arizona State University and director of the English Education program. He is Past-President of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English and was the editor of The ALAN Review, a professional journal devoted to young adult literature, from 2003-2009. He is the editor of the Books for Adolescents pages of the International Reading Association’s Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy and winner of the International Reading Association’s Arbuthnot Award for the 2008 outstanding university professor of young adult literature. He was named the ASU Parents Association Professor of the Year in 2008. He has published over 200 interviews with authors of adolescent literature and over 300 book reviews. “Dr. B” was a high school English teacher, coach and administrator for 21 years, in Iowa, Nebraska, Utah, and Kansas before completing his doctorate at the University of Kansas in 2000. He is a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.