Michael Kischner is an emeritus member of the English Department at North Seattle Community College, where he taught for thirty-two years. His courses ranged from English Composition to Shakespeare and the Bible as Literature, and he team-taught a number of interdisciplinary courses as well. One of his most popular courses was Advanced English Grammar, which Edith Wollin created and which Michael took over from Edith when she went into administration. The course combined the study of English syntax with the study of sentence rhetoric. In 2002, they wrote Writers’ Choices: Grammar to Improve Style (Harcourt College Publishers, 2002). That book, intended as a supplement for composition classes, dealt with sentence rhetoric; it is still available through XanEdu (www.xanedu.com). The present book, Writers’ Choices: Grammar for Effective Writing, brings together syntax and sentence rhetoric. Michael Kischner has also published articles on teaching George Eliot’s Middlemarch and on teaching Shakespeare, composition, and grammar. He has given numerous presentations at national meetings of ATEG, the Association for the Teaching of English Grammar, as well as workshops for elementary and secondary school teachers. He was the named the 1997 Washington Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. A graduate of Kenyon College and The Johns Hopkins University, he has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington.
Edith Wollin is retired Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Adult Basic Education and emeritus faculty of North Seattle Community College, where she worked for thirty-nine years. During her teaching career, she taught composition, advanced ESL, American Lit, British Lit, introduction to various literary genres, literature of the American West, Shakespeare, and, of course, Advanced English Grammar, a course which she created at the request of her then division chair. Determined to create a grammar course which actually did improve student writing, she added sentence combining to a grammar course that focused on sentence syntax rather than on correctness in things like punctuation, spelling, and verb form. She added a variation of Reed and Kellogg diagraming to the course after a couple of years and found that that gave many students a clearer visual picture of how sentence parts work. In 1995, she and Michael Kischner used a sabbatical to write their first book for this class; they also became acquainted with Martha Kolln’s work and with the Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar, an assembly of NCTE. Through their affiliation with ATEG, they have led several workshops for teachers of English in middle and high schools and hosted two national meetings. She has also attended and presented at several national conferences on multicultural education and published articles and poems in state and local arts and humanities publications. Edith has an undergraduate degree in English from Pacific Lutheran University and advanced degrees in English from The University of Kansas and the University of Washington.