Sørina Higgins is the Editor-in-Chief of the Signum University Press; she also serves on the faculty of Signum’s SPACE program and of the M.A. in Lit & Lang. Dr. Higgins holds a Ph.D. from Baylor University. Her academic interests include British and Irish Modernism, the Inklings, Arthuriana, theatre, magic, the occult, and ecocriticism. Her dissertation, entitled From Thaumaturgy to Dramaturgy, looks at modernist British and Irish playwrights who were initiated members of occult secret societies, examining how their ceremonial magic rituals influenced their plays, and consequently what role alternative spiritualities played in modernist literature. Sørina earned her M.A. from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English, where she wrote about Sehnsucht in the works of C. S. Lewis.
Dr. Higgins is currently co-editing a volume on the ethical turn in speculative fiction with Dr. Brenton Dickieson and previously edited an academic essay collection entitled The Inklings and King Arthur: J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, C. S. Lewis, and Owen Barfield on the Matter of Britain (Apocryphile Press, 2017), winner of the 2018 Mythopoeic Society Inklings Scholarship Award. She wrote the introduction to a new edition of Charles Williams’s Taliessin through Logres (Apocryphile, 2016) and edited and introduced Williams’s early play The Chapel of the Thorn (Apocryphile, 2014). Her scholarship appears in International Yeats Studies, The T. S. Eliot Studies Annual, VII: Journal of the Marion E. Wade Center, The Journal of Inklings Studies, Mythlore, and Penumbra. She is also the author of the blog The Oddest Inkling, devoted to a systematic study of Charles Williams’ works.
As a creative writer, Sørina has a volume of short stories, A Handful of Hazelnuts, forthcoming from Signum’s own press. She previously published two books of poetry, Caduceus (David Robert Books, 2012) & The Significance of Swans (Finishing Line Press, 2008). Outside of academia, Sørina enjoys practicing yoga, playing with her cats, cooking, baking, podcasting, gardening, dancing, and ranting about the state of the world.