Kyle Bass teaches creative writing courses in fiction and drama at Goddard College and Syracuse University. His full-length play Wind in the Field, a semi-finalist for the Princess Grace Playwriting Award, was featured at the Great Plains Theatre Conference. His plays have also been produced by the Kitchen Theatre Company and presented at the Armory Square Playhouse.
Christine Jean Chambers, a graduate of the University of Virginia, is currently completing her work for the MFA in playwriting at Columbia University. Her plays have been produced in theaters in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts, as well as in Off-Off Broadway theaters.
John Dandridge is a graduate student at Columbia College in Chicago.
Eve Dunbar is an assistant professor at Vassar College, where she teaches courses in English, Africana studies, and women's studies.
Phebus Etienne (1966-2007) was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and grew up in East Orange, New Jersey. She graduated from Rider University and received the MFA in creative writing from New York University. Before she passed in 2007, some of her poems had appeared in The Butterfly's Way: Voices from the Haitian Diaspora in the United States, Crab Orchard Review, Poet Lore, Mudfish, Caribbean Writer, Beacon Best of 2000, Callaloo, Making Callaloo: 25 Years of Black Literature, and other periodicals and anthologies.
John Frazier, who has held a MacDowell Colony fellowship and a 2006 Fulbright Teacher Exchange award, has published in Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide, The Beacon's Nest, The Massachusetts Review, The New Republic, and Callaloo.
Nehassaiu de Gannes is an assistant professor of theater, performance, and society at Rhode Island State College, as well as a faculty member of Goddard College's IMA Program. In 2006, her "Door of No Return," a performance piece, was produced by Brown University's Rites and Reason Theatre. She lives in Harlem.
Terrance Hayes is an associate professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He is author of two volumes of poems, Muscular Music and Hip Logic, which won a number of awards and prizes, including the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, the National Poetry Series, and the Whiting Writers Award. Wind in a Box is his third volume of poems.
Amanda Johnston is founding editor of Torch: Poetry, Prose, and Short Stories by African American Women. She attends St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas.
Tayari Jones is author of two novels, Leaving Atlanta and The Untelling. She has received fellowships from the Corporation of Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and Le Chateau de Lavigny (Switzerland). She is an assistant professor of creative writing at Rutgers University in Newark.
Jacqueline Jones Lamon, who teaches at Adelphi University, is author of a novel, In the Arms of One Who Loves Me, and a collection of poems, Gravity, U. S. A., which received the Quercus Review Press Poetry Series Book Award. [End Page 1127]
Joseph O. Legaspi, co-founder of Kundiman, is a New Yorker who was born in the Philippines. He is author of Imago, a collection of poems.
Keith D. Leonard is an associate professor of literature at American University in Washington, D.C., and author of Fettered Genius: The African American Bardic Poet from Slavery to Civil Rights.
Miles Marshall Lewis is author of the essay collection Scars of the Soul Are Why Kids Wear Bandages When They Don't Have Bruises and There's a Riot Goin' On, a biography of Sly and the Family Stone. His work has appeared in a number of periodicals, including The Nation, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Essence, and The Village Voice.
Harryette Mullen, a native of Florence, Alabama, is a poet, short story writer, and literary critic. Her volumes of poems include Tree Tall Woman, Trimmings, S*PeRM**K*T, Muse & Drudge, Sleeping with the Dictionary, Blues Baby, Dim Lady, and Recyclopedia. She is professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Greg A. Mullins is author of Colonial Affairs: Bowles, Burroughs, and Chester Write Tangier. He teaches comparative literature and human rights at Evergreen State College.
Goddonny Normil, born in New Jersey and reared in Port-au-Prince, works as a Senior Technical Writer with Lockheed Martin supporting the U.S...