Laura Barrio-Vilar is an assistant professor in English at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She specializes in African American literature, Caribbean literature, postcolonial studies, and gender studies. Her articles have been published in Op. Cit.: Revista del Centro de Investigaciones Históricas, Caribbean InTransit, Popular Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers and the Literary Marketplace, Culture, Language and Representation, Journal of Kentucky Studies, and Journal of Caribbean Studies.
Dionne Brand, Professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph in Canada, is author of more than twenty volumes of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and documentaries, for which she has received many awards, prizes, and other honors. Her Land to Light On won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry and the Trillium Book Award in 1997. In 2003 her volume, thirsty, won the Pat Lowther Award for Poetry and in 2006 her novel, What We All Long For, won the Toronto Book Award. In 2011, she was awarded the Griffin Prize for Ossuaries. She served as the Poet Laureate of the City of Toronto from 2009 to 2012. Her most recent books include Inventory and A Map to the Door of No Return: Notes to Belonging (nonfiction). Born in Trinidad, she has lived in Canada since 1970.
Sarah Phillips Casteel is an associate professor of English at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, where she teaches postcolonial and diaspora literatures. The recipient of a Polanyi Prize from the Government of Ontario and a Horst Frenz prize from the American Comparative Literature Association, she is the author of Second Arrivals: Landscape and Belonging in Contemporary Writing of the Americas (University of Virginia Press, 2007) and the co-editor of Canada and Its Americas: Transnational Navigations (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2010).
Raj G. Chetty recently earned his PhD in English from the University of Washington. He is an assistant professor of English at St. John’s University in Queens, New York.
Anne Cirella-Urrutia, who received her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Texas at Austin, is an adjunct professor of French at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas. She has published in such journals as Bookbird, Les Cahiers Robinson, Examplaria, R.E.D.E.N., Mots Pluriels, Dialogues et Cultures, Journal of American Studies of Turkey, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly Journal, The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, and The French Review. She contributed an ecocritical chapter on the Congolose children’s author Dominique Mwankumi in a book edited by Etienne-Marie Lassi entitled Aspects écocritiques de l’imaginaire africain (2013).
Austin Clarke was born in Barbados and moved to Canada in 1955 to study at the University of Toronto. He is author of more than twenty books of fiction (novels and short stories), nonfiction, and a collection of poems, Where the Sun Shines Best (2013). His most recent books of fiction include Choosing His Coffin: The Best Stories of Austin Clarke, and such novels as The Origin of Waves (winner of the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize), The Question (nominated for a Governor General’s Award), The Polished Hoe (winner of [End Page 181] the Giller Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize), and More (winner of the City of Toronto Book Award). His work has also garnered for him other awards, prizes, and honors, including the Toronto Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature, Casa de las Américas Prize (Cuba), and a membership in the Order of Canada.
Carrol F. Coates, Professor Emeritus of French, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics at Binghamton University (SUNY), has published a number of translations of Caribbean and African literature, including General Sun, My Brother (Jacques Stephen Alexis) and Waiting for the Vote of the Wild Animals (Ahmadou Kourouma), both published in the series CARAF Books (University of Virginia Press), of which he is the former series editor. He teaches courses in nineteenth century French poetry, La Fontaine’s Fables, Haitian and African literature in French, and advanced grammar and stylistic analysis, and is currently researching the structuration of sound patterns and versification in the Russian fables of Ivan Andreyevich Krylov.
Madhuri H. Deshmukh lives in Chicago, studies South Asian and African American literature, and teaches...