Michael K. Johnson is Professor of American literature at the University of Maine at Farmington. His primary research areas are African American Literature and the literature and culture of the American West. He is the author of Black Masculinity and the Frontier Myth in American Literature (University of Oklahoma), Hoo-Doo Cowboys and Bronze Buckaroos: Conceptions of the African American West (University Press of Mississippi), Can’t Stand Still: Taylor Gordon and the Harlem Renaissance (University Press of Mississippi), and, most recently, A Black Woman’s West: The Life of Rose B. Gordon (Montana Historical Society Press). He is co-editor (with Kalenda Eaton and Jeannette Jones) of New Directions in Black Western Studies, a special issue of the Journal of American Studies, and he is also co-editor (with Kerry Fine, Rebecca Lush, and Sara Spurgeon) of an anthology of criticism, Weird Westerns: Race, Gender, Genre (University of Nebraska Press). He is a former co-President of the Western Literature Association.