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Abayomi Animashaun's poems have also appeared in Drunken Boat, Obsidian III, Southern Indiana Review, and several other journals.

Eddie Bartók-Baratta is the founder of Fridays Are for Prisoners, a group that uses fasting, voluntary isolation, and other creative means to raise awareness that there are over two million people in prison in the United States.

Jackson Bliss, a native of Chicago, is the winner of the La Vie de Bohème Literary Award and the 2007 Sparks Prize in Fiction. Jackson has lived in Seattle, Portland, New York, West Africa, and Argentina and is a former Americorps and Peace Corps volunteer, crossing lines of longitude whenever he can in his writing, his volunteer service, and his travels. With an M.F.A. from the University of Notre Dame, Jackson is now a doctoral student in literature and creative writing at USC. His short stories have appeared in Fiction, the Kenyon Review, ZYZZYVA, Notre Dame Review, Connecticut Review, Stand Magazine (UK), South Loop Review, Ink Collective, Pittsburgh Quarterly, 3:am Magazine, Word Riot, Fringe, DJ Booth, and Denver Syntax, among others.

Cyrus Cassells is the author of four acclaimed books of poetry: The Mud Actor, Soul Make a Path through Shouting, Beautiful Signor, and More Than Peace and Cypresses. His fifth book, The Crossed-Out Swastika, and a translation manuscript, Still Life with Children: Selected Poems of Francesc Parcerisas, are forthcoming. Among his honors are a Lannan Literary Award, a William Carlos Williams Award, a Pushcart Prize, two NEA grants, and a Lambda Literary Award. He is a professor of English at Texas State University-San Marcos and has served on the faculty of Cave Canem, the African American Poets Workshop. He divides his time between Austin, New York City, and Paris, and works on occasion in Barcelona as a translator of Catalan poetry.

Curtis L. Crisler is a visiting assistant professor of creative writing at Indiana-Purdue, Fort Wayne. A Cave Canem fellow, his book Tough Boy Sonatas was published in 2007.

Joel Dinerstein is an associate professor of English and the director of American studies at Tulane University. He is the author of Swinging the Machine: Modernity, Technology, and African-American Culture between the World Wars (U of Massachusetts P, 2003). His major research interests are twentieth-century American literature, African American literature and expressive culture, technology studies, and popular culture (music and film).

Sarah Estime was raised in Western Connecticut amongst her expressive and eccentric Haitian culture. After moving to South Florida, she began indulging her talent for creative writing and the visual arts. She has been published in the online literary magazine and the Canadian magazine What If?

Anthony Grooms is a professor of creative writing at Kennesaw State University. He is the recipient of the Lillian Smith Prize for Fiction, the Sokolov Scholarship from the Breadloaf Writing Conference, the Lamar Lectureship from Wesleyan College, and an Arts Administration Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has published a collection of poems, Ice Poems, a collection of stories, Trouble No More, and a novel, Bombingham. His stories and poems have been published in Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, George Washington Review, and many others.

Beverly Guy-Sheftall is the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of women's studies at Spelman College and the founding director of the Spelman Women's Research and Resource Center. She is also adjunct professor at Emory University's Institute for Women's Studies. [End Page 217]

Mary Frances Jiménez is a doctoral candidate in nineteenth-century American literature at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research and teaching interests include empire studies and African American literature.

Karen A. Johnson is an associate professor in the department of Education, Culture, & Society at the University of Utah. She is the recipient of the 2008 College of Education Faculty Teaching Award for Outstanding Teaching and Contribution to Teaching. Her research interests are late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century African American women educators, African American women's intellectual traditions, black feminist theories, and urban education.

Jody S. Lester earned her M.A. in African American studies and her Ph.D. in American studies from Yale University. More...


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