Chris Phillips is Associate Professor of English at Lafayette College, specializing in American and transatlantic literatures of the 18th and 19th centuries, history of the book, religion and literature, historical poetics, and the digital humanities. He is the author of numerous articles on the above subjects, as well as the book Epic in American Culture, Settlement to Reconstruction, published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in 2012. His next book, also with Johns Hopkins, is The Hymnal Before the Notes: A History of Reading and Practice, forthcoming in 2018, as is his edited volume The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the American Renaissance. He is writing a followup to Hymnal, which develops a theory of the hymn as a poetic genre. In addition, since 2010 he is the principal investigator for the Easton Library Company Database Project, a digital project at Lafayette College in partnership with the Easton Area Public Library; this project is focused on digitizing and transcribing the loan records and related materials from the Easton Library Company (1811-1862), the Lehigh Valley’s first public library.