Mr. Kasten received his MA in English and American Literature from Washington University in St. Louis in 1989. Over the years, he has taught a variety of courses in the College Writing program and the Department of English, and has served as a tutor at the Writing Center since its inception. His areas of interest include contemporary fiction and non-fiction, Latin American literature and politics, and American Culture Studies. He is a Senior Writer at the Riverfront Times weekly newspaper in St. Louis and former contributing editor to No Depression magazine. His writing has appeared in the Oxford American and De Capo Press Best Music Writing of 2004.