Kevin Bell <firstname.lastname@example.org> is the author of The Gravity of Play: Aesthetic Modernism and the Critique of Identitarian Violence (forthcoming, University of Minnesota Press, 2006). He concentrates on transatlantic literary modernisms, experimental aesthetic forms, and critical theory. He is now completing a study on relationships between experimental black literature, improvisational music forms, and modern philosophy.
Jeremy Braddock <email@example.com> teaches in the English a Department at Princeton University. His article on Countee Cullen's “poetics of conjecture” appeared in Callaloo and an essay on the art collector Albert Barnes was recently published in Art Journal. He is now completing a book manuscript on collecting, black culture, and modernism.
Marc Caplan <firstname.lastname@example.org> received his Ph.D. in comparative literature from New York University where his dissertation research focused on a comparison of narrative strategies in nineteenthcentury Yiddish and postcolonial African literatures. He has previously published in Prooftexts and the ALA Annual (2000), as well as several Yiddish-language publications. He is currently the Starr Fellow at the Center for Jewish Studies, Harvard University.
Terri Francis <email@example.com> teaches in the Film Studies Program and the Department of African American Studies at Yale University. She is now working on a book-length study of Josephine Baker's celebrity and artistry.
Richard Gibson <firstname.lastname@example.org> is the Joint Chair and a Acting Director of Yaa Asantewaa Arts and Community Centre, London's oldest Black Arts Centre. He studied at Kenyon College, the Sorbonne and was a CBS Fellow at Columbia Graduate School. He began his career as a journalist with The Christian Science Monitor in Rome, the Agent France-Presse in Paris, and CBS News in New York. For many years a far-ranging international correspondent based in Rome and Brussels, he is the author of a novel, A Mirror for Magistrates (1958), a survey, African Liberation Movements (1972), and a workers' educational manual, The ILO in the Service of Social Progress (1995).
Rebecka Rutledge Fisher <email@example.com> is Visiting Assistant Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has written the introduction and notes to a new edition of Olaudah Equiano's Interesting Narrative. Her article, “Metaphoric Black Bodies in the Hinterlands of Race,” appears in the 2004 collection Race and Ethnicity. She is presently working on a manuscript entitled On the Production of Presence: Equiano, Du Bois, Ellison and the Poetics of Metaphor.
Mark Whalan <firstname.lastname@example.org> is the editor of The Letters of Jean Toomer, 1919–1924 (University of Tennessee Press, forthcoming). He is currently working on a monograph examining the relation of World War I to African American culture and teaches at the University of Exeter.
Jennifer M. Wilks is an assistant professor of English and African and African American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Her article “New Women and New Negroes: Archetypal Womanhood in Dorothy West's The Living Is Easy” recently appeared in African American Review; her work has also been published in MaComère. She is currently at work on a manuscript that explores the gendered constructs and critical legacies of African American and Francophone Caribbean modernisms.