Thomas Aiello, an assistant professor of history at Valdosta State University in Georgia, is author of Bayou Classic: The Grambling-Southern Football Rivalry (LSU Press, 2010) and The Kings of Casino Park: Race and Race Baseball in the Lost Season of 1932 (Alabama, 2011), and editor of Dan Burley's Jive (2009). His articles have appeared in Americana, Louisiana History, Arkansas Historical Quarterly, Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Baseball Research Journal, Film History, History of Education Quarterly, and The Journal of Popular Culture.
Kanika Batra is author of Caribbean Poetry: Edward Brathwaite and Derek Walcott and the forthcoming Feminist Visions and Queer Futures in Postcolonial Drama: Community, Kinship, and Citizenship. Her articles, interviews, and reviews have appeared in a number of periodicals, including New Comparison, Interventions, Small Axe, South Asian Review, and Wasafiri. She is an assistant professor at Texas Tech University.
Elizabeth L. Butler, whose first published poem appears in this issue of Callaloo, is a Cave Canem fellow and a participant in the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshops. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
Huey Copeland is an assistant professor of art history at Northwestern University. He has published articles and book chapters in Representations, Modern Women: Women Artists at the Museum of Modern Art, Art Journal, Qui Parle, Artforum, Afro Modern: Journeys through the Black Atlantic, and Glenn Ligon: Some Changes. He is co-guest editor of special issues of Representations ("New World Slavery and the Matter of the Visual") and Qui Parle ("History, Representation, and the Impossible Subject of Race").
Ulrich Eschborn has earned the PhD from the University of Mainz in Germany, where he has completed his dissertation entitled "'A Record of Survival': History in the Work of John Edgar Wideman."
Raina Lauren Fields is studying for the MFA in creative writing at Virginia Tech. Her poems and reviews have appeared in such periodicals as Poet's Ink, Rattle, and Gargoyle.
Vievee Francis, a native of Texas who recently received the MFA from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), is author of Blue-Tail Fly (Wayne State UP, 2006), her first collection of poems, which won the 2009 Rona Jaffe Award. Her poems have also appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Margie, Detroit's Metro Times, and Callaloo. Some of her work has been selected for the prestigious Best American Poetry 2010. She was the 2009–2010 Poet-in-Residence for the Alice Lloyd Scholars Program at the University of Michigan. She lives in Detroit, Michigan.
Francine J. Harris has published in a number of periodicals and anthologies, including Indiana Review, Ploughshares, Ninth Letter, Voices Rising, Gathering Ground, and Gathering of the Tribes. She is a Cave Canem fellow and is studying for the MFA in poetry at the University of Michigan.
Angela Jackson, who received her formal education from Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, is author of a number of books of poems, plays, and fictional narratives, including All These Roads Be Luminous: Poems Selected and New, The [End Page 1152] Man with the White Liver, and Shango Diaspora: An African American Myth of Womanhood and Love. She lives in Chicago.
Chris Jackson is an executive editor at Spiegel & Grau, a division of Random House, Inc. He has edited books by such authors as Victor LaValle, Dan Baum, Ta-Nenisi Coates, William C. Rhoden, Nancy Rawles, Ishmael Reed, Aaron McGruder, Matt Taibbi, Warren St. John, Edwidge Danticat, and others. He is co-founder of ringShout: A Place for Black Literature.
Dana Johnson, a native of Los Angeles, is author of Break Any Woman Down, for which she received the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her fiction has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, including Missouri Review, American Literary Review, Iowa Review, Shaking the Tree: A Collection of New Fiction and Memoir by Black Women, and California Uncovered: Stories for the 21st Century. She is a professor of English and creative writing at the University of Southern California.
Celucien L. Joseph is an adjunct professor of French at Tarrant County College and a candidate for the PhD degree in literary studies from the University of Texas at Dallas. He has published in Small Axe, Western Journal...