Alyssa Y. Alston is a 1998 graduate of Spelman College with a BA in Psychology. She works at a non-profit organization in New York that focuses on reforming public schools. "Lost in Wisconsin" is her first publication.
Nicholas Boggs, a graduate student in the PhD program in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, is also the author of "Of Mimicry and (Little Man Little) Man: Toward a Queersighted Theory of Black Childhood," which appeared in the anthology James Baldwin Now (1999).
Jennifer Devere Brody is Associate Professor of English at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She is the author of Impossible Purities: Blackness, Femininity and Victorian Culture (Duke University Press, 1998) and The Style of Elements: Politically Performing Punctuation (under contract).
Cheryl Clarke, poet, is the author of Narratives: Poems in the Tradition of Black Women, Living as a Lesbian, Humid Pitch, and Experimental Love. She is currently working on a new collection, Corridors of Nostalgia.
Michelle Cliff is the author of several works of fiction, among them Free Enterprise, Abeng, No Telephone to Heaven, and Bodies of Water. Her most recent book is the short story collection The Store of a Million Items.
Michael L. Cobb is a PhD candidate in English Language and Literature at Cornell University.
Samuel R. Delany, a four-time winner of the Nebula Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America, is a professor of comparative literature at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His numerous books of prose fiction and nonfiction prose include Silent Interviews: On Languages, Sex, Science Fiction, & Some Comics, Atlantis: Three Tales, and The Mad Man.
Alexis De Veaux, a poet and fiction writer, is the author of several books, including an award-winning biography of Billie Holiday, Don't Explain (Harper and Row, 1980). She is currently an Assistant Professor of Women's Studies at the State University of New York, Buffalo, where she is completing her biography of Audre Lorde.
Melvin Dixon (1950-1992) was a professor of English at Queens College in New York. His numerous publications include Love's Instruments (poems) and Vanishing Rooms (novel). He died of complications of AIDS-HIV in 1992.
Nada Elia is Visiting Associate Professor in the Afro-American Studies Program at Brown University, and Associate Editor of Radical Philosophy Review. She is the author of Trances, Dances, and Vociferations: Agency and Resistance in Africana Women's Narratives, forthcoming from Garland Publishing, and currently at work on Spell-Bound, Un-Bound: Conjuring as the Practice of Freedom. Elia has published numerous articles on aspects of postcolonial and Africana feminist resistance.
Nikky Finney has published a book of short stories (Heartwood, 1998) and two books of poetry (most recently Rice, 1995). The winner of the Mary Magdelene Literary Award and various grants and teaching awards, Finney is also a founding member of The Affrilachian Poets, a community-based writing collective. [End Page 495]
Ricardo Francis is an artist who lives in Far Rockaway, New York. This is his second Callaloo cover.
Thomas Glave's collection, Whose Song? and Other Stories, will appear from City Lights Books in October. An assistant professor of English at the State University of New York at Binghamton, he has work forthcoming in Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire, Gay Fiction at the Millennium (Alyson Books), and Small Axe (the University of the West Indies, Mona).
Jewelle Gomez is a poet, fiction writer and literary critic. Her first novel, The Gilda Stories, won two Lambda Literary Awards for fiction and science fiction. Gomez' latest work is a collection of short fiction, Don't Explain. She was on the founding board of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), on the original staff of one of the oldest weekly Black television shows in the U.S. ("Say Brother" in Boston) and the former Executive Director of the Poetry Center and American Poetry Archive at San Francisco State University.
Lynda Hall is a Sessional Instructor in the Department of English at the University of Calgary, Canada. Her essays have appeared widely in journals and scholarly anthologies.
Forrest Hamer is a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, and a practicing psychologist in Oakland, CA. Call & Response...