Tony Bolden teaches courses on African American literature and music at the University of Kansas. He is the author of Afro-Blue: Improvisations in African American Poetry and Culture. His current project, tentatively entitled “The Funk Principle: Recentering the Body in Black Cultural History,” examines black expressive culture in relation to funk.
Dr. Scot Brown is a professor of History and African American Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles. Brown is the author of Fighting For Us (2003) and has appeared as historian and commentator in two prize-winning documentaries: 41stand Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers (2009) and, The Black Candle: A Kwanzaa Celebration (2008).
Daylanne K. English is Professor of English at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is the author of Each Hour Redeem: Time and Justice in African American Literature (University of Minnesota Press, 2013) and Unnatural Selections: Eugenics in American Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance (2004).
Thomas Sayers Ellis is the Poetry Editor of The Baffler and currently a Visiting Writer at the University of San Francisco where he teaches in the Graduate Writing Program. He is the author of Skin, Inc.: Identity Repair Poems (2010) and The Maverick Room (2005). His poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Open Door, Callaloo, Tin House, Grand Street, Poetry, The Nation and Best American Poetry (1997, 2001, 2010). His photographs and photo essays have appeared in Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, Jubilat and Transition.
Krista Franklin is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Chicago. Recent publications have appeared in Black Camera, Vinyl 5, BOMB, and the anthologies Encyclopedia Vol. II, F-K and Gathering Ground. In 2012, Willow Books published her chapbook of poetry Study of Love & Black Body. [End Page 258]
Nikki A. Greene is an Assistant Professor of Art at Wellesley College. Her book project is titled Postmodern (In)visibility in Contemporary African American Art, which treats the work of Romare Bearden, David Hammons, Renée Stout, and Radcliffe Bailey in relation to art history, visual culture, music, and literature.
Duriel E. Harris is the author of Drag, Amnesiac, and Speleology (with video artist Scott Rankin). A co-founder of Black Took Collective, a sound artist and performer, her current projects include the sound recording “Black Magic,” and “Thingification”—a one-woman show. She teaches creative writing and poetics at Illinois State University. www.thingification.org
Dr. DaMaris B. Hill is a poet and prose writer. She teaches Creative Writing and African American Studies at the University of Kentucky. In 2008, she relocated from Baltimore to Lawrence, Kansas in order to give greater attention to her writing. Her work is heavy with abstract notions of Americana.
Tammy L. Kernodle is Professor of Musicology at Miami University in Ohio. Her research and teaching has focused primarily on various genres of African American music (popular and classical) and the contributions of a number of women musicians. Her work has appeared in a number of anthologies and journals. Her book, Soul on Soul: The Life and Music of Mary Lou Williams is the most recent biography on the jazz composer and instrumentalist.
Cheryl L. Keyes is a Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of California at Los Angeles. She specializes in African American music and culture with emphases in hip-hop, jazz and popular music studies. She is the author of Rap Music and Street Consciousness as well as numerous publications.
Tracie Morris is a poet, performer and professor. Her sound installations have been presented in the Whitney Biennial, MoMA and The Gramsci Monument for DIA. She leads her own band and is lead singer for Elliott Sharp’s Terraplane. Her most recent poetry collection is Rhyme Scheme. She holds an MFA (Hunter College), PhD (Performance Studies, NYU) and is Professor of Performance + Performance Studies at Pratt Institute.
Aldon Lynn Nielsen is the Kelly Professor of American Literature at the Pennsylvania State University. His most recent book of poetry is A Brand New Beggar, from Steerage Press. Among his many volumes of criticism are Integral Music, Black Chant, and Reading Race.
Glenn North is the American Jazz Museum Poet-in-Residence...