Meena Alexander was born in India and grew up there and in Sudan. She has published six volumes of poetry including Illiterate Heart (winner of the PEN Beyond Margins Award). Forthcoming this fall is her new volume Birthplace with Buried Stones (TriQuarterly Books/ Northwestern UP, 2013). Her book of essays Poetics of Dislocation appeared in the Michigan Poets on Poetry Series. She has received awards from the Guggenheim, Fulbright, and Rockefeller foundations and the Arts Council of England. She is Distinguished Professor of English at CUNY Graduate Center and Hunter College.
A. H. Jerriod Avant is a native of Longtown, Mississippi. He received a BS degree from Jackson State University and is currently studying for the MFA degree in creative writing at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. His poems have appeared in such periodicals and anthologies as The Louisville Review, PLUCK!, Journal of Affrilachain Arts and Culture, Carpe Articulum Literary Review, Bigger Than They Appear: Anthology of Very Short Poems, and the Prison Industrial Complex Issue of Tidal Basin Review.
Rachel A. Blumenthal is a candidate for the PhD in English at Northwestern University. A recent fellow with the Chicago Humanities Festival, Rachel is currently researching and writing at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California.
Matthew D. Brown is an associate professor of American literature and culture at the California State University in Chico.
Desiree Cooper is a journalist, author, blogger, and former co-host of American Public Media's Weekend America. A 2002 Pulitzer Prize nominee for her column in the Detroit Free Press, Cooper graduated from the University of Maryland with degrees in journalism and economics and earned a law degree from the University of Virginia. Her writing has been published in such journals and anthologies as Simply Haiku, Torch, Intimate Landscape, Best African American Fiction 2010, Detroit Noir, Tidal Basin Review, and Tiferet. A founding board member of Cave Canem, she was born in Japan to a military family, and she now makes her home in metro Detroit.
Melissa Asher Daniels recently received the PhD in English at Northwestern University and will be an assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the fall of 2013. She has published in African American Review and Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture.
Beatrice Ferrara earned a PhD in cultural and postcolonial studies of the anglo-phone world in 2011 from the University of Naples "L'Orientale," Italy. Currently, she is an appointed researcher at "L'Orientale" as a member of the EU Project MeLa* (Museums in an Age of Migrations). She has published in such international journals as darkmatter, Body&Society, and estetica, and is the editor of Cultural Memory, Migrating Modernities and Museum Practices (2012).
Rebecca Gould is an assistant professor at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. Her essays have appeared in Philosophy & Literature, Studies in the Novel, Mosaic, The Journal of Islamic Callaloo 36.1 (2013) 219-222 [End Page 219] Studies, and The Journal of Literary Theory. Her forthcoming book is entitled The Poetics of Insurgency: Sufi Resistance in the Caucasus (Yale UP, 2014).
Max Hantel is a candidate for the PhD in women's and gender studies at Rutgers University. His work is published or forthcoming in Women's Studies Quarterly, Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, and Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge.
Derrick Harriell, a native of Milwaukee, WI, is an assistant professor of English and African American studies at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. He is author of Cotton, a volume of poems. Ropes, his second book of poems, will be published during the fall of 2013.
Carlus Henderson, who is currently a Helen Zell Fellow, recently received the MFA in fiction writing from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He splits his time, his writing, and his imagination between South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, and Michigan. "Eating, While Local" is his first publication.
Lawrence Hill is author of seven books, including the novels Any Known Blood and Some Great Thing. His latest novel, The Book of Negroes (entitled Someone Knows My Name in the United States), was published around the world, became a national bestseller in Canada, and won various awards, including Canada Reads 2009...