Martin Klammer, Professor of English and Africana Studies, is currently Writing Director at Luther College. Martin has spent many January terms taking students to South Africa to study its literature and culture, and to lead a summer camp for disadvantaged children in Cape Town. His other teaching interests include Africana women's writing, the American novel, and Walt Whitman. Recently Martin edited and co-wrote a memoir of the life of Blanche LaGuma, an underground activist and wife of the celebrated novelist Alex LaGuma: In the Dark With My Dress on Fire: My Life in Cape Town, London, Havana and Home Again (Cape Town: Jacana, 2010). He is also the author of Whitman, Slavery, and the Emergence of Leaves of Grass (Penn St U Press, 1995).