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  • Contributors

Kathleen Balutansky, a native of Haiti, is Associate Professor of English at St. Michael’s College in Vermont. She is author of The Novels of Alex LaGuma and articles on Caribbean women writers.

Daniel Barnes, a native of the Allegany Indian Reservation at Salamanca, NY, is Associate Professor of English at the Ohio State University, where he has taught folklore and American literature since 1968. His poetry has appeared in many journals, including Ohio Journal, Dreamworks, Poems & Plays and Riverrun.

Jill Battson is author of one book of poems, Elvis Is Everywhere, and three poetry chapbooks, Fifteen LA Poems, Fifteen Sensual Poems, and Fifteen Toronto Poems. She lives in Canada.

Patrick Bellegarde-Smith chairs the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He is the author of In the Shadow of Powers: Dantès Bellegarde in Haitian Social Thought and Haiti: The Breached Citadel.

Mike Biehl has published his poems in Image: A Journal of the Arts & Religion, Interim, Creeping Bent, and The Graham House Review. He resides in San Francisco.

John Callahan is Morgan S. Odell Professor of Humanities at Lewis & Clark College, and the editor of the Modern Library Edition of The Collected Essays of Ralph Ellison, forthcoming from Random House in November 1995. The author of numerous essays, Callahan’s other books include The Illusions of a Nation: Myth and History in the Novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald and In the African Grain: The Pursuit of Voice in Twentieth Century Black Fiction.

Steve Cannon, author, playwright, publisher and professor, is the founder of A Gathering of the Tribes, a multicultural organization of New York-based artists and writers which publishes a journal of the same name. He was also one of the founders of the now-famous Nuyorican Poets Cafe.

Ethan Casey is the author of Restoring Democracy: A Political Parable, a volume on recent events in Haiti, and currently serves as a correspondent for the South China Morning Post of Hong Kong.

Carolle Charles, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Baruch College, CUNY, has published numerous articles on Haitian migration and Haitian women’s struggles within Haiti’s social, political and economic conflicts.

Brenda O. Daly is an associate professor of English at Iowa State University. She has published a variety of articles in books and periodicals, including Feminism, Bakhtin, and the Dialogic, The Intimate Critique, The Journal of Popular Culture, and English Journal. She and Maureen Reddy co-edited Narrating Mothers: Theorizing Maternal Subjectivities.

Rita Dove, Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia, is formerly U. S. Poet Laureate and Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress. Her recent publications include The Darker Face of the Earth, a full-length play, and Lady Freedom Among Us, a fine press book commissioned by the University of Virginia as its four-millionth acquisition, containing the poem Ms. Dove read at the 200th anniversary celebration of the U. S. Capitol in October 1993. Her new collection of poetry, Mother Love, will be published by W. W. Norton this year.

Thomas Sayers Ellis is studying for the M.F.A. degree in creative writing at Brown University. His work has appeared in a number of periodicals, including Agni, The Kenyon Review, Southern Review, The Harvard Review, and Ploughshares. He is a co-founding member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and co-editor of On the Verge: Emerging Poets and Artists, an anthology.

Ralph Ellison (1914–1994) is author of the novel Invisible Man (winner of the 1952 National Book Award), two books of non-fiction prose, Shadow and Act (1964) and Going to the Territory (1986), and numerous essays, reviews, speeches, and pieces of short fiction. He received many other awards, including the National Medal of Arts (1985), the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Artes et Lettres (1970), and the Medal of Feedom (1969). He was a member of the Carnegie Commission on Public Television, a charter member of the National Council on the Arts and Humanities, a trustee of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (1971–84), and a trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (1967–77). He was Visiting Professor of Writing at Rutgers University...

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