Thierry Alet (whose work appears on the cover of this issue) was born in Guadeloupe. He has exhibited paintings and drawings in group and solo shows in New York, Paris, and Havana; in Guadeloupe and Martinique; and elsewhere around the world. His latest work includes the monumental sculpture BLOOD, in the Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris, in an exhibition produced by the Fondation Clément. He began his formal training in art at the Institut des arts visuels in Fort-de-France, Martinique, and later studied, as a graduate student, at Pratt Institute in New York. Alet is the founder of the Frère Indépendent (http://www.frereindependent.com), an international not-for-profit organization whose aim is to provide visibility to artists. He lives in New York and in Guadeloupe.
Dominique Aurélia is an associate professor in the Department of English at the Université des Antilles et de la Guyane, Martinique, where she teaches Caribbean and American literature, with a special focus on Middle Passage narratives written by women. She has published essays on Caribbean literature, postcolonial theory, transatlantic studies, and Caribbean art, in edited collections, and in the journals Macomère, Cercles, Arthème, and Carnets du Cerpac. She is also a short-story writer.
Kamau Brat hwaite is a distinguished historian, literary-cultural critic, and poet, as well as a friend and colleague of Edouard Glissant. After a long career teaching in the Department of History at the University of the West Indies, Mona, he now teaches in the Department of Comparative Literature at New York University. A founder of the Caribbean Artists Movement and a founding editor of Savacou, Brathwaite is the recipient of a number of awards and prizes, including the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. Among his most recent books are Ancestors (2001), MR (Magical Realism) (2002), Words Need Love Too (2004), Born to Slow Horses (2005), and Elegguas (2010).
Celia Britton is a professor of French and francophone studies at University College, London, and a fellow of the British Academy. She has published widely on French Caribbean literature and thought, especially on the work of Edouard Glissant. Her recent publications include Race and the Unconscious: Freudianism in French Caribbean Thought (2002) and The Sense of Community in French Caribbean Fiction (2008).
Myriam J. A. Chancy is professor of English at the University of Cincinnati. She is the author of a number of works of nonfiction, including Searching for Safe Spaces: Afro-Caribbean Women Writers in Exile (1997), which received the Choice OAB Award in 1998, and Framing Silence: Revolutionary Novels by Haitian Women (1997). She is also the author of the novels Spirit of [End Page 188] Haiti (2003) and The Loneliness of Angels (2010). She sits on the advisory committee of PMLA, the journal of the Modern Language Association of America.
Donald Cosentino is professor emeritus in the Department of World Arts and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has published widely on black Atlantic art, oral traditions, religion, and myth, based on fieldwork in Haiti, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria, as well as in Los Angeles. He is the author of Defiant Maids and Stubborn Farmers: Tradition and Invention in Mende Story Performance (1982) and Vodou Things: The Art of Pierrot Barra and Marie Cassaise (1998). He is the editor and chief writer of the award-winning catalog for The Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou (1995), a traveling exhibition he curated for the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History. He is currently writing on evolving religious traditions in urban Afro-Atlantis.
J. Michael Dash is professor of French and social and cultural analysis at New York University. Born in Trinidad, he has worked extensively on Haitian literature and French Caribbean writers, especially Edouard Glissant, many of whose works he has translated into English, including The Ripening (1985), Caribbean Discourse (1989), and Monsieur Toussaint (2005). Dash's publications include Literature and Ideology in Haiti (1981), Haiti and the United States (1988), Edouard Glissant (1995), and The Other America: Caribbean Literature in a New World Context (1998). He is also the translator of Gisèle Pineau's The Drifting of Spirits (1999). His most recent books are Libète...