Lisa Gabbert is associate professor in the Department of English at Utah State University. She is a specialist in Folklore Studies. Her research interests include landscape and place, festivals and play, and medical folklore. Her work has appeared in the Journal of American Folklore, CUR Quarterly, Western Folklore, Contemporary Legend, Midwestern Folklore, Folklore Forum, and other publications. Her book, entitled Winter Carnival in a Western Town: Identity, Change and the Good of the Community was published by Utah State University Press in 2011. It launched a new series on Ritual, Festival and Celebration edited by Jack Santino.