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Amiri Baraka has received a number of awards and prizes for numerous books of poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction prose. He is internationally known as an artist, social and cultural critic, revolutionary activist, and public intellectual. In May, 2002, he was selected as Poet Laureate of the State of New Jersey by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

Jana Evans Braziel is Five Colleges Teaching Fellow in the Center for Crossroads in the Study of the Americas at Amherst College (2002-03) and Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin in La Crosse. She has co-edited Theorizing Diaspora (with Anita Mannur) and Bodies Out of Bounds: Fatness and Transgression (with Kathleen LeBesco), and has published articles in such academic organs as Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, Tessera, The Journal of North African Studies, and Journal x.

Rafael Campo teaches and practices general internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Landscape with Human Figure is his newest book of poetry, and The Healing Art: A Doctor's Black Bag of Poetry will be published in 2003. His poetry and criticism have appeared in Agni, The Antioch Review, The Indiana Review, The Nation, Prairie Schooner, The Washington Post Book World and elsewhere.

Nick Carbó is the author of two books of poetry, El Grupo McDonald's and Secret Asian Man. He lives in Hollywood Beach, Florida.

Earl Coleman has published poetry and prose in a number of periodicals, including Esquire, Pacific Review, Writers' Review, Nimrod, Atlanta Review, Hawaii Review, and Callaloo. Before turning to writing fulltime ten years ago, he had a lengthy career as a publisher. His first collection A Stubborn Pine in a Stiff Wind was published by Mellen in 2001.

Thadious M. Davis is G. C. Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. Her new book is Games of Property: Law, Race, Gender and Faulkner's "Go Down Moses".

Nada Elia is author of Trances, Dances, and Vociferations: Agency and Resistance in Africana Women's Narratives and guest editor of the special issue of Radical Philosophy Review devoted to "The Second Intifada." She has also published in such journals as Research in African Literatures, World Literature Today, Comparative Literature in Canada, and Callaloo.

Susan Fraiman is a professor of English at the University of Virginia and the author of Unbecoming Women: British Women Writers and the Novel of Development. Her second booklength work, Cool Men and the Second Sex is forthcoming from Columbia University Press. Her work has appeared in a number of periodicals, including Minnesota Review, Feminist Studies, American Quarterly, American Literary History, Critical Inquiry, and PMLA. [End Page 273]

Dianne D. Glave is an assistant professor in the Department of African American Studies at Loyola Marymount University.

Reneé K. Gosson is an assistant professor in French and Francophone Studies at Bucknell University. She recently co-produced a film entitled Landscape and Memory: Martinican Land-People-History.

Farah Jasmine Griffin is Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and African American Studies at Columbia University. She is author of Who Set You Flowin': The African American Migration Narrative and If You Can't Be Free, Be a Mystery: In Search of Billie Holiday, and editor of Beloved Sisters & Loving Friends: Letters from Addie Brown and Rebecca Primus and Strangers in the Village: Two Centuries of African American Travel Writing. She has also published articles in such periodicals as Harpers Bazaar, the New York Times, and Callaloo.

Forrest Hamer is a practicing psychologist in Oakland, CA. Call & Response (1995), his first collection of poems, won the Beatrice Hawley Award, and was followed in 2000 by Middle Ear, winner of the Bay Area Book Reviewers Association Award.

Theodore A. Harris, a collagist, poet, and muralist, was born in New York City, and reared in Philadelphia. He has exhibited his work in a number of sites, including the University of Pennsylvania, Western Oregon University, Rush Arts Gallery, and Rutgers University.

Nalo Hopkinson, who lives in Canada, has won a number of awards for her fiction, which includes Brown Girl in the Ring, Midnight Robber, and Skin Folk.

Angela Jackson, a recipient of the Shelley Memorial Award of the Poetry Society of America, recently published And All These Roads Be Luminous: Poems Selected and New. Her plays include Shango Diaspora and Comfort Stew. For her creative work she has received awards, prizes and fellowships from such institutions as the Illinois Arts Council, DuSable Museum, Pushcart, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Chicago.

Jean Jonassaint teaches Francophone literatures in the Romance Studies Department at Duke University. He is author of La Déchirure du (corps)texte et autres brèches, Le Pouvoir des mots, les maux du pouvoir: des romanciers haïtiens de l'exil, and Des Romans de tradition haïtienne: sur un récit tragique.

Marcus D. Jones, a photographer, practices law in Louisiana and teaches at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Audrey Thomas McCluskey is an associate professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies and Director of the Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University in Bloomington. Her work has been published in a number books and periodicals, and she has edited such volumes as Mary McLeod Bethune: Building a Better World (with Elaine M. Smith) and 2000 Frame by Frame III: A Filmography of African American Images, 1994-2000.

John McCluskey, Jr., is Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies and adjunct Professor of English at Indiana University in Bloomington. He is author of two novels, Look What They Done to My Song and Mr. America's Last Season's Blues, and editor of two volumes, The City of Refuge and Black Men Speaking (co-edited with Charles Johnson).

Marcia Minter is a photographer who lives in Chicago, Illinois. [End Page 274]

Fred Moten is Associate Professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Irvine, and author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota Press, 2003).

Harryette Mullen is the author of six books, most recently Blues Baby (Bucknell, 2002) and Sleeping with the Dictionary (University of California, 2002), which was a National Book Award finalist. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches African American literature, American poetry, and creative writing at UCLA.

H. Adlai Murdoch is an associate professor of French and Francophone literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is author of Creole Identity in the French Caribbean Novel and articles that have appeared in such journals as Research in African Literatures, Yale French Studies, and Callaloo.

Marco Portales is Professor of English at Texas A&M University in College Station. He is author of Youth and Age in American Literature (1989) and Crowding Out Latinos: Mexican Americans in the Public Consciousness (2000).

Emily Raboteau is a recent graduate of the Creative Writing Program at New York University, where she was a New York Times Fellow. Her fiction has appeared in Transition, Tin House, African Voices, and The Chicago Tribune. She lives in Brooklyn.

Deborah Richards is author of three chapbooks of poetry, Cut and Shoot, Hide Me from the Day, and parable. She lives in Philadelphia.

Eleanor Stanford is presently a graduate student in the Department of English at the University of Wisconsin. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Atlanta Review, and Folio. She is working on a book about Cape Verde and her experiences there in the Peace Corps.

Jené Watson-Aifah, a resident of Atlanta, is a writer, librarian, educator, dollmaker, and altar keeper who was born on the Texas Gulf Coast. Her research interests include folklore, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Gerald Williams is an editor and a translator (French, Dutch, and German) residing in New York City. His essays and short stories have appeared in Harvard Review, New Letters, California Quarterly, Brilliant Corners, The Massachusetts Review, and Callaloo. He is a winner of the Gwendolyn Brooks Literary Award for Fiction. [End Page 275]

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