Martha (Marti) Greene Eads serves as professor of English at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA, where she has taught since 2003. She studied literature and theology at Wake Forest University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Durham (UK) before holding a Lilly postgraduate fellowship in the humanities and arts at Valparaiso University. She is EMU's LFP faculty representative, having also served on the graduate fellowship selection committee and the national network board. Her research interests include twentieth- and twenty-first-century drama, English modernism, and contemporary Southern fiction, and her articles on those topics have appeared in Appalachian Journal, Christianity and Literature, The Cresset, Modern Drama, The Southern Quarterly, and Theology. Her most recent project focuses on the function of hymns in novels by Wendell Berry, Doris Betts, Denise Giardina, Robert Morgan, and Ron Rash. In a sabbatical scheduled for Fall 2021, she will use Rash's short stories to address trauma and foster resilience among formerly incarcerated individuals who struggle with addiction. While she enjoys working with traditional undergraduates, Eads finds that inviting community learning partners into their conversations deepens and intensifies learning for all. In her "American Manhood" course, EMU students read and write poetry alongside incarcerated men in workshops at the Coffeewood Correctional Facility. She also teaches multigenerational courses that alternate meeting between EMU and on the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community campus next door, facilitating spirited conversation, hilarious readers' theater productions, and memorable field trips for learners ranging in age from 18 to 89. Her VMRC bibliotherapy internship program provides opportunities not only for English majors but also for students in health sciences fields to develop patient-interaction skills through using literature in clinical settings. Eads is the winner of EMU's 2020-21 Excellence in Teaching Award in the tenured faculty category.