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Adam Bradley is an associate professor of English at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He is the author or editor of several books, including Ralph Ellison in Progress: From Invisible Man to Three Days Before the Shooting . . . (Yale UP, 2010) and The Anthology of Rap (Yale UP, 2010).

M. Alexis Braxton, a graduate of Howard University, received her M.A. degree in literature from American University in 2010.

J. J. Butts is an assistant professor of English at Simpson College in Iowa, and edits book reviews for the interdisciplinary journal The Space Between: Literature and Culture, 1914–45. He is currently working on a book manuscript exploring the relationships among urban planning, the Federal Writers’ Project, and literary modernism.

Russ Castronovo is Dorothy Draheim Professor of English and American studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Beautiful Democracy: Aesthetics and Anarchy in a Global Era (U of Chicago P, 2007) is among the most recent of his several monographs and edited collections. He is completing a book entitled Propaganda 1776.

Michael A. Chaney is an associate professor of English and African American studies at Dartmouth College. He is the author of Fugitive Vision: Slave Image and Black Identity in Antebellum Narrative (Indiana UP, 2008) and editor of Graphic Subjects: Critical Essays on Autobiography and Graphic Novels (U of Wisconsin P, 2011). His essays have appeared in American Literature, College Literature, MELUS, and Modern Fiction Studies, among others. His forthcoming collection, Poet, Potter, Slave, Myth: Collected Essays on David Drake, explores the interrelations of pottery and poetry in Drake’s oeuvre from a variety of interdisciplinary angles, and includes essays by leading scholars of African American literature and culture.

Soyica Diggs Colbert is an assistant professor of English at Dartmouth College. She is the author of The African American Theatrical Body: Reception, Performance, and the Stage (Cambridge UP, 2011). She is currently working on a second book project entitled Black Movements: Performance, Politics, and Migration. Colbert has received the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Career Enhancement Fellowship, Stanford Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship, Mellon Summer Research Grant, and the Robert W. Woodruff Library Fellowship.

Wanda Coleman has been a Guggenheim fellow, Emmy-winning scriptwriter, former columnist for the Los Angeles Times Magazine, and recipient of a 1989 California Arts Council grant in fiction. Her stories have appeared in Obsidian III, Other Voices, and Zyzzyva. Her books include A War of Eyes and Other Stories; Bathwater Wine, winner of the 1999 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; a novel, Mambo Hips & Make Believe; and Mercurochrome: New Poems, which was a bronze-medal finalist for the National Book Award. In 2003–04, she became the first literary fellow of the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. More fiction from Coleman can be found in her double-genre collections, Heavy Daughter Blues and African Sleeping Sickness, and in her story collection, Jazz and Twelve O’Clock Tales.

Anthony Carlton Cooke is a native of North Carolina. Currently, he resides in Atlanta, Georgia, where he is a graduate student in the Emory University English department. He has published poetry in the journal Prairie Margins, and most recently, has published an article in the Journal of Black Studies. [End Page 737]

Melissa Asher Daniels earned her Ph.D. in English at Northwestern University, where she specialized in nineteenth-century American and African American literature. Her dissertation explores African American contributions to American literary realism. In fall 2012, she will join the faculty at Campbell Hall, an independent, coeducational, college preparatory school in Los Angeles.

John Ernest, professor and chair of the department of English at the University of Delaware, is the author or editor of ten books, including Liberation Historiography: African American Writers and the Challenge of History, 1794–1861 (U of North Carolina P, 2003), Chaotic Justice: Rethinking African American Literary History (U of North Carolina P, 2009), and A Nation within a Nation: Organizing African American Communities before the Civil War (Ivan R. Dee, 2011).

Becca Gercken is an associate professor of English and American Indian studies at the University of Minnesota-Morris. Her articles have appeared in journals such as American Indian Quarterly, Studies in the Humanities, and North Dakota Quarterly. Her current projects include a visual literacy...


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