Nicole N. Aljoe is an assistant professor of English at Northeastern University. She has published articles and chapters in the Journal of Early American Literature, Anthurium, the Oxford Handbook of the African American Slave Narrative, and Teaching Anglophone Caribbean Literature. She is the author of Creole Testimonies: Slave Narratives from the British West Indies, 1709-1836 (Palgrave, 2012), which offers the first in-depth analysis of slave narratives from the Anglophone Caribbean.
Robin Bernstein is a professor of African and African American Studies and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University. Her book, Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights (New York UP, 2011), won five awards.
La Marr Jurelle Bruce recently earned his Ph.D. in African American Studies and American Studies from Yale University. His forthcoming book explores twentieth-and twenty-first-century African American artists who have generated, claimed, and instrumentalized “madness” for radical creativity.
Jocelyn L. Buckner is an assistant professor of theatre studies at Chapman University. She is writing a monograph that foregrounds the sister-act phenomenon in U. S. popular entertainment at the turn of the last century. Her publications appear in American Studies Journal, Ecumenica, Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Popular Entertainment Studies, Theatre History Studies, Theatre Journal, and Theatre Survey.
Vickie Cimprich’s Pretty Mother’s Home—A Shakeress Daybook (Broadstone Books, 2007) was researched at the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky. Four of its poems focus on Shakers of African descent. Cimprich’s work also appears in the Journal of Kentucky Studies, The Merton Journal, Plainsongs, Poetry as Prayer: Appalachian Women Speak (Wind Publications, 2004), and Bigger Than They Appear: Anthology of Very Short Poems (Accents Publishing, 2011).
Zinzi Clemmons is a candidate in Columbia University’s MFA program in Fiction. She earned her bachelor’s degree in creative writing and critical theory from Brown University. Her writing has appeared in Transition and elsewhere. She is currently at work on her first novel, about an AIDS clinic worker who has a relationship with a patient. She lives in Philadelphia.
Soyica 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.
Nicole R. Fleetwood is Director of the Institute for Research on Women and an associate professor of American studies at Rutgers University. She is the author of Troubling Vision: Performance, Visuality and Blackness (U of Chicago P, 2011), which won the 2012 Lora Romero First Book Prize of the American Studies Association.
Charles Francis Gould’s works have appeared in Northwest Magazine, Penthouse, and Oregon Historical Quarterly, among others. His comic novel, Ghost of a Chance; or, Old Tom and Harry, was published in 2009. Gould resides in Lake Oswego, Oregon. [End Page 493]
Patricia Herrera is an assistant professor of theatre at the University of Richmond. Her book manuscript, under contract with the University of Michigan Press, critically examines the work of the female artists of the Nuyorican Poets Café between 1973-2010. She has published articles in Transformations, Chicana/Latina Studies, and Public. She is the cofounder and codirector of the Rubí Theater Company in New York City. The group has appeared in, among other productions, on Catch That Train, which won a 2006 Grammy Award for Best Children’s Musical Album. She is currently working on Remnants, a musical co-written by José Joaquín García.
TJ Jarrett is a writer and software developer in Nashville, Tennessee. Her recent work has been published or is forthcoming in Boston Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Callaloo, DIAGRAM, Ninth Letter, Rattle, Third Coast, West Branch and others. Her debut collection Ain’t No Grave will be published with New Issues Press (Western Michigan U). Her second collection Zion, winner of the 2013 Crab Orchard Open Competition, will be published by Southern Illinois UP in Fall 2014.
Cindy King lives in Lancaster, Texas, where...