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Ricardo Aleixo was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where he now lives. His published works include Festim and, in collaboration with Edimilson de Almeida Pereira, A roda do mundo. As part of the Secretaria Municipal de Cultura in Belo Horizonte, he helped to organize projects such as 30 anos da Semana Nacional de Poesia de Vanguarda (1993) and the events commemorating the 300th Anniversary of Zumbi dos Palmares. Some of his poems have been previously published in Callaloo.

Lepê Correia was born in Recife, Brazil. He is a psychologist, journalist, teacher and editor of Djumbay, a journal. He is also author of Caxinguelê, a book of poems. Some of his poems previously appeared in Callaloo. He is also Omó Orisá Ògã.

Lindon Barrett is an associate professor of English and African American studies at the University California, Irvine. He is author of Seeing Double: Blackness and Value, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. His articles on literature and culture have appeared in various periodicals, including Cultural Critique, SubStance, American Literary History, and American Literature. He is an associate editor of Callaloo.

Octavia E. Butler, who lives in California, is author of a number of books of science fiction, including Mind of My Mind, Kindred, Clay’s Ark, and Patternmaster. She is a recent recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

Timothy S. Chin, a Jamaican by birth, is an assistant professor of English and African American Studies at Bates College.

Samuel R. Delany is author of The Motion of Light in Water, an autobiography, and numerous other books, including The Mad Man, Atlantis, Silent Interview, Dhalgren, Trouble in Triton, and Longer Views. He teaches comparative literature at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Toi Derricotte has published three collections of poems, Natural Birth, The Empress of the Death House, and Captivity, which is in its fourth printing. She is an associate professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.

Garfield G. Ellis is author of Flaming Hearts and Other Stories. He has also published short fiction and articles in a variety of periodicals, including The Jamaica Gleaner, Lifestyle Magazine, New Caribbean Voices, and Caribbean Shipping and Daily Gleaner. He lives in Jamaica.

C.S. Giscombe, a professor of English at Illinois State University, is author of three books of poetry: Giscome Road, Here, and At Large.

Rachel E. Harding, a native of Atlanta, is a Latin American historian, writer and arts consultant living in Denver, Colorado. Her work has appeared previously in Callaloo as well as in other literary magazines and in anthologies.

Trudier Harris is J. Carlyle Sitterson Professor of English at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She is author of Exorcising Blackness: Historical and Literary Lynching and Burning Rituals, From Mammies to Militants: Domestics in Black American Literature, Black Women in the Fiction of James Baldwin, Fiction and Folklore: The Novels of Toni Morrison, and The Power of the Porch: The Storyteller’s Craft in Zora Neale Hurston, Gloria Naylor, and Randall Kenan. She is also an editor of several anthologies and references sources, including The Oxford Companion to African American Literature and Call and Response: The Riverside Anthology of the African American Literary Tradition, and the Dictionary of Literary Biography. Currently she is a fellow at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina.

Laurence Hurst, a native of Virginia, lives in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to serving as a museum exhibit specialist for the state of Maryland, he studied at the Maryland Institute and College of Art and the Smithsonian Institutions. His own work has been exhibited at museums and galleries throughout Maryland, in Los Angeles, and in Washington, D.C. In August, 1997, he and his wife will move to France.

Casey Inge, a graduate of Yale University, is a candidate for the PhD degree in comparative literature at the University of California, Irvine. His work focuses on race and domesticity in late nineteenth-century American literature.

Jamaica Kincaid, a staff writer for The New Yorker, was born in St. John’s, Antigua, an island in the Caribbean. She is author of A Small Place, non-fiction, and three books of fiction, At the Bottom of the River, Annie John, and Lucy. Her most...