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A scholar and curator, Rich Blint is associate director of Columbia University School of the Arts Office of Community Outreach and Education. He is contributing editor of the forthcoming The James Baldwin Review; cocurator (with Ian Cofre) of the exhibition Bigger than Shadows; and curator of the exhibition series’ built environments at the University’s Medical Center campus. Rich earned his Ph.D. in American studies at New York University, and has taught courses and guest-lectured at Hunter College, Vassar College, and NYU. He is a research affiliate and adjunct assistant professor in the Masters program in African American studies at Columbia, and sits on the board of both Vanderbilt University’s Issues in Critical Investigation: The African Diaspora and The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the Graduate and University Center, CUNY.

Tameka Cage Conley is a poet, fiction writer, essayist, and playwright. She completed her Ph.D. in English at Louisiana State University. In 2013, she was awarded an Eben Demarest Trust Grant. She is a recipient of the Advancing the Black Arts Grant from the Heinz Endowments and the Pittsburgh Foundation, and was a participant in the Cave Canem Pittsburgh Workshop. Her work has appeared in Fledgling Rag, Chapter & Verse, and Callaloo.

Alice Mikal Craven is an associate professor of comparative literature and chair of film studies at the American University of Paris. She has coedited, with William E. Dow, Richard Wright in a Post-Racial Imaginary (Bloomsbury, 2014). Her writings cover a range of authors such as Bertolt Brecht, Jean-Luc Godard, Chester Himes, and Shakespeare.

Kenny Fame is a graduate of Cave Canem’s 2011 Poetry Conversations Workshop. He was the winner of the 2010 National Black Writers Conference Award for Poetry and a featured “Poet of the Week” on in January 2012. His work has appeared in numerous journals, including Steel Toe Review, River Lit, The Fine Line, Emerge Literary Journal, Rufous Salon (Sweden), Milk Sugar, the prompt, De La Mancha, and the New Verse News.

Douglas Field is a lecturer in twentieth-century American literature at the University of Manchester (UK). He has published widely on James Baldwin and on American literature and culture generally.

Andy Johnson is a Kimbilio Fellow in African American fiction. Andy directs the UA in Zanzibar study abroad program for the University of Alabama, where he teaches African American comedy, creative writing, and literature. Andy has performed spoken word in Paris, Monrovia, Stone Town, and across the United States.

Aisha Karefa-Smart was born in New York City and raised in a house where famous African American writers, artists, and musicians often congregated. Influenced by the high level of art, African American, African and European literature and culture that she grew up experiencing, thanks to her uncle, the late James Baldwin, Aisha went on to perform in various plays and musicals as a member of Dr. Glory Van Scott’s Children’s Theater, The Harlem Theater Company, and The Falcons Dance Troupe in Sierra Leone.

Randall Kenan is the author of a novel and a collection of short fiction. He has written two works of nonfiction, as well as a young adult biography of James Baldwin. He edited The Cross of Redemption: Uncollected Writings (Pantheon, 2010). He teaches at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. [End Page 801]

Philip C. Kolin, University Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern Mississippi, is the editor of Southern Quarterly. He has published extensively on Tennessee Williams, Adrienne Kennedy, and Suzan-Lori Parks. His most recent book of poems is Reading God’s Handwriting: Poems (Kaufmann, 2012).

Rayon Lennon was born in Jamaica, but has spent half of his life in the U. S. His poems are taken from his poetry manuscript, Barrel Children.

Cynthia Manick is a Pushcart-nominated poet and a Cave Canem Fellow. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the New School and her work has appeared in Callaloo, DMQ Review, Gemini Magazine, Kweli Journal, Muzzle Magazine, Sou’wester, Spillway, and elsewhere.

Carter Mathes is an associate professor of English at Rutgers University. His book, Imagine the Sound: Experimental African American Literature after Civil Rights has been recently...


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