Virginia Brackett, Professor Emeritus of English, retired in 2016 from Park University where she received varied teaching and service awards, including Faculty of the Year, 2013, Exceptional Services to Student Veterans. She serves as a member of the Kansas City Veterans Writing Team, helping plan and present writing workshops for veterans and their families and was interviewed as part of the panel, “Daughters on Writing Their Fathers' Wars” at the 2022 Missouri Book Festival. Tom Strelich in The New York Journal of Books wrote about In the Company of Patriots that “The book is an absorbing hybrid: a classical drama crossed with an archeological dig, only instead of pottery shards, burial mounds, and stone tools, it uses scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, letters, emails, and family lore to reveal a multi-generational personal history linking the past to the present.” Brackett has won and judged numerous writing competitions. Citations for her 15 books include The Facts on File Companion to 16th and 17th-Century British Poetry named Booklist “Editor’s Choice, Reference Sources, 2008”; Restless Genius: The Story of Virginia Woolf (2004), a recommended feminist book for youth by the Amelia Bloomer Project, 2005 (Feminist Task Force, American Library Association), PSLA (Pennsylvania State Library Association) YA Top Forty Nonfiction 2004 Titles, and “Writers of Imagination” series, Tristate Series of Note, 2005 and A Home in the Heart: The Story of Sandra Cisneros (2004), included in PSLA YA Top Forty Nonfiction 2004 Titles and Tristate Books of Note, 2005. Her articles have appeared in War, Literature and the Arts, MOHumanities Magazine, Selected Papers from the Eighteenth Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf, The Wildean, Mosaic, Arachne, Women & Language, Notes and Queries, and Absolutism and the Scientific Revolution 1600-1720.