Alexia Arthurs is a transplanted Jamaican who lived in New York for twelve years and now lives in Iowa City, where she is working toward an MFA in creative writing at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is also working on a collection of short stories.
Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné is a poet and artist from Trinidad. Her writing has been featured in publications such as Bim, Anthurium, sx salon, Tongues of the Ocean, and Room Magazine. She was awarded the Charlotte and Isidor Paeiwonsky Prize for First Time Publication by the Caribbean Writer in 2009 and nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2010. She is currently the poetry editor of Anansesem: The Caribbean Children's Ezine.
Kamari Maxine Clarke is professor of anthropology and international and area studies at Yale University, with an affiliation in the Department of African American Studies. Her research explores issues related to religious nationalism, legal institutions, human rights and international law, and the interface between culture, power, and globalization and its relationship to race and modernity. She is the author of Mapping Yoruba Networks: Power and Agency in the Making of Transnational Communities (2004) and Fictions of Justice: The International Criminal Court and the Challenge of Legal Pluralism in Sub-Saharan Africa (2009), and she is coeditor, with Deborah Thomas, of Globalization and Race: Transformations in the Cultural Production of Blackness (2006); with Mark Goodale, of Mirrors of Justice: Law and Power in the Post-Cold War Era (2010); and, with Rebecca Hardin, of Transforming Ethnographic Knowledge (2012).
Jorge L. Giovannetti is associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Puerto Rico. His most recent articles appeared in journals such as Cuban Studies, International Labor and Working-Class History, and Caribbean Studies, and in the edited books Contemporary Caribbean Cultures and Societies in a Global Context (2005) and Cangoma Calling: Spirits and Rhythms of Freedom in Brazilian Jongo Slavery Songs (2013).
Marlon Griffith (whose work appears on the cover of this issue) is a Trinidadian-born artist who lives and works in Nagoya, Japan. He started his career as a Carnival designer (a mas' man), a background that deeply shapes his work as a contemporary visual artist. He has been an artist-in-residence at Bag Factory/Fordsburg Artists Studios, Johannesburg (2004); Mino Paper Art Village in Japan (2005); Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts, Kingston, Jamaica (2007); Popop Studios, Nassau, Bahamas (2010-11); and Art Omi, Ghent, New York (2011). He has been exhibited extensively, including in Toronto (South-South: Interruptions and Encounters, 2009); Miami (Global Caribbean, 2010); Washington DC (Wrestling with the Image: Caribbean Interventions, Art Museum of the Americas, 2011); Urbana-Champaign (Krannert Art Museum, 2011), Gwangju [End Page 274] (Seventh Gwanju Biennale, 2008), and Cape Town (CAPE09, 2009). In 2010, he was the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and of a Commonwealth Award.
Marlon James is a Jamaican photographer currently based in Trinidad. He attended the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, and, in 2010, he participated in the group exhibition Young Talent V at the National Gallery of Jamaica. He has since exhibited in Trinidad, Washington DC, London, and Canada, and his work has been published in the surveys Jamaican Art: Then and Now, edited by Petrine Archer-Straw and Kim Robinson (2011), and Pictures from Paradise, edited by Melanie Archer, Mariel Brown, and O'Neil Lawrence (2013).
Kelly Baker Josephs is associate professor of English at York College, CUNY, specializing in world anglophone literature with an emphasis on Caribbean literature. Her forthcoming book, Disturbers of the Peace: Representations of Insanity in Anglophone Caribbean Literature (2013), considers the ubiquity of madmen and madwomen in Caribbean literature between 1959 and 1980. She is managing editor of sx salon: a small axe literary platform and manages the site The Caribbean Commons.
Aaron Kamugisha is lecturer in cultural studies at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill. His current work is a study of coloniality, cultural citizenship, and freedom in the contemporary anglophone Caribbean as mediated through the social and political thought of C. L. R. James and Sylvia Wynter. He is the editor of forthcoming readers in the two...