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    • Special gratitude to the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, specifically Shagun Kaur and Michelle Pilati for your abounding support, patience, and cheerleading. You provided the soil, water, and sunlight which allowed this textbook to sprout and blossom.
    • Delmar Larsen and the entire Libretexts team for providing a platform for this textbook, formatting the literary texts, and answering our seemingly never-ending questions about the technical aspects of the project.
    • Solano Community College, specifically Dean Neil Glines, Dean Shirley Lewis, Donna Meyer, and Leigh Anne Jones for supporting this project with their approval and resources. Special thank you also to Professors Isabel Anderson & Tracy Schneider for sharing their assigned reading lists.
    • Emile DeWeaver, editor of Prison Renaissance Magazine, for his early guidance and insightful suggestions about which authors and writings to include.
    • Editor Eddie Kim for his professionalism and willingness to accommodate the time difference and tumultuous scheduling difficulties.
    • Editor Maya Weeks for helping us fix some accessibility issues and helping us update and optimize our materials
    • This textbook would be woefully bereft without the timeless literature which graces its pages. Thank you to all the authors, translators, editors, and publications who gave us permission to use their writing so students can benefit from reading contemporary, relevant literature. Kyung-nyun Kim "Kay" Richards and Steffen F. Richards, Mukesh Jain of Jain Publishing, Francisco Cantú, Ladette Randolph and Ellen Duffer of Ploughshares, Sean Hill, Lee Oglesby of Milkweed Editions, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Claire Fallon and Chris Fischbach of Coffee House Press, and TED Talks. We hope to continue to build on this list and add more contemporary literature to future permutations of this resource.
    • Thank you to all the professors, students, and disability advocates who have pointed out errors and inaccessible materials so we can address them; thank you also to professors who pointed out what we were missing so that we could add it in (resources on Literary Thesis Statements, Literary Titles for example). It's truly a perpetual work in progress so please keep the feedback coming!
    • Most importantly, thank you to all the students throughout the years who have suggested readings, engaged with literature in creative and exciting ways, shared their knowledge and passions, and make our profession so rewarding. Thank you for constantly inspiring us to become better teachers.
    • Thank you also to all the readers of this textbook. Writing without readers is just paper and ink. Whether literature or a textbook, readers breathe life into the pages. I hope these pages are also able to breathe new ideas into your lives.
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