Denise Du Vernay: mini biographical sketch
Denise Du Vernay grew up in Minnesota and graduated from the University of South Dakota with B.A. in English, minor in Earth Science. Next, she moved to beautiful Tallahassee to attend Florida State University where she met her best friend and writing partner, Karma Waltonen. They both earned their masters’ there.
Together they rock the academic conference circuit and have co-written a pedagogical book on The Simpsons. Bigshots at The Simpsons have been so impressed by the book that they have been invited to visit the show twice.
Denise recently contributed a chapter to SpongeBob SquarePants and Philosophy: Soaking Up Secrets Under the Sea (part of Open Court’s pop culture and philosophy series of books).
Denise moved to Milwaukee in 2002 where she worked as a server at Red Lobster and tech writer. She also taught at Marquette University and Milwaukee School of Engineering. Recently, Denise relocated to Chicagoland where she is a freelance writer and does social media and website management for several organizations. She teaches composition and literature at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL.
She writes regularly for Patch.com, and has contributed articles related to pop culture and education to OCWeekly, The Simpsons Archive, wecomparebooks.com, Macmillan Dictionary and Splitsider.com. She has also guest blogged for USA Today’s Pop Candy. She likes to write, cook, watch TV, and one day hopes to have a yard so she can explore the magical world of extreme gardening. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like to learn more about the book, see its website www.simpsonology.com.