Richard Gaughran is Assistant Professor of English at James Madison University, specializing in American Literature, Film Studies, and the Literature of Southeastern Europe. For three years, 1997-2000, Richard taught at the University of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, Macedonia, for the first two of those years as Senior Fulbright Lecturer in American Studies. In addition to his teaching assignment, he also struggled to learn the Macedonian language, eventually working on literary translations from Macedonian to English. These efforts culminated in an anthology of contemporary Macedonian short stories, Change of the System, co-edited by Zoran Anchevski and published in Macedonia in 2000. Other translations have since appeared in various publications. For most of his stay in Macedonia, Richard was accompanied by his wife, Dr. Lucy Bednar, herself a professor at JMU and an alumna of the Fulbright program.