David Álvarez teaches comparative contemporary literature at Grand Valley State University, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he is Associate Professor of English and is affiliated with the Middle Eastern Studies Program. Author of various articles on Caribbean, Moroccan, and South African literature, he has also published essays on colonialism and postcoloniality in his native Gibraltar. At present, he is at work on a book-length study of representations of clandestine Mediterranean crossings in Moroccan and Spanish literature, photography, and film.
Shiva Balaghi is Laya Khadjavi Visiting Professor of Iranian Studies at Brown University, where she teaches History and Art History. She is writing a book on culture, power, and knowledge in Iran from 1848 to 2005.
Kate Douglas is Associate Professor in the School of Humanities at Flinders University, and codirector of Flinders’s Life Narrative Research Group. Her research and teaching interests include contemporary life narrative, trauma and memory studies, and studies in childhood and youth cultures. Kate’s research considers the social work of life writing—how stories engage with the politics of the moment and promote social change. She is the author of Contesting Childhood: Auto/biography, Trauma and Memory (Rutgers UP, 2010) and coeditor (with Gillian Whitlock) of Trauma Texts (Routledge, 2009).
Pamela Graham is a PhD candidate in the School of Humanities at Flinders University. She is a member of the Life Narrative Research group at Flinders, and her research interests include the political and social utility of contemporary life narratives, memory studies, and public history.
Jack Gray is a New Zealand Maori choreographer and dancer with tribal links to Ngapuhi, Te Rarawa, Ngati Porou, and Ngati Kahungunu. The founder of Atamira Dance Collective—a platform for contemporary Maori Dance artists—Jack has collaborated and performed work with the company throughout New Zealand, Australia, New Caledonia, Hawai‘i, and the Solomon Islands. In 2011, Jack was a recipient of the AMP Scholarship to travel to the United States to further his creative and cultural vision. He was a collaborator with Rulan Tangen for Dancing Earth’s premiere of Walking at the Edge of Water (2012). Jack has worked at the forefront of many indigenous dance innovations, including co-choreographing Whare Tapere with Louise [End Page 336] Potiki-Bryant and Charles Royal, and participating in the International Indigenous Choreographic Laboratory with Marrugeku (Australia) and other cultural performance artists.
Salah D. Hassan is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Michigan State University. His areas of research and teaching include post-colonial literature and theory, mid-twentieth century anticolonial intellectual movements, literatures of empire, and Arab North American studies. He has published in PMLA, Social Text, Middle East Report, Radical History Review, New Formations, New Centennial Review, and Research in African Literatures.
Bart Moore-Gilbert is Professor of Postcolonial Studies and English at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author of Kipling and “Orientalism” (Palgrave Macmillan, 1987), Postcolonial Theory: Contexts, Practices, Politics (Verso, 1997), Hanif Kureishi (Manchester UP, 2001), and Postcolonial Life-Writing: Culture, Politics and Self-Representation (Routledge, 2009), as well as many articles and chapters on (post)colonial theory and literature. He is currently writing a monograph entitled Palestine and Postcolonialism.
B. V. Olguín is the author of La Pinta: Chicana/o Prisoner Literature, Culture, and Politics (U of Texas P, 2010), and coeditor with Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez of Latina/os and WWII: Mobility, Agency, and Ideology (U of Texas P, 2014). He has two collections of poetry forthcoming in 2014, Red Leather Gloves (Hansen), and At the Risk of Seeming Ridiculous: Poems from Cuba Libre (Aztlán Libre). Olguín currently is an Associate Professor in the English Department and Creative Writing Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Alicia Partnoy, Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at Loyola Marymount University, is a survivor from the secret detention camps where about 30,000 Argentineans “disappeared.” She is the author of The Little School: Tales of Disappearance and Survival/La Escuelita (Cleis, 1985/La Bohemia, 2008) and the poetry collections Little Low Flying/Volando bajito, (Red Hen, 2005), and Revenge of the Apple/Venganza de la manzana (Cleis, 1992). She edited You Can’t Drown the Fire...