Maria Rice Bellamy is an assistant professor of English at the College of Staten Island, CUNY, where she teaches African American, ethnic American and diasporic literatures. Her research focuses on contemporary narratives of slavery, traumatic memory and cultural identity. Her forthcoming book, Bridges to Memory: Postmemory in Contemporary Ethnic American Women’s Fiction, offers a new paradigm for analyzing fictional representations of inherited traumatic memory.
George Elliott Clarke is a revered African Canadian poet and scholar, who has taught at Duke, McGill, and Harvard, and is now the E. J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto. He is also a frequent contributor to AAR. The poems published here are from an epic-in-progress, “The Canticles.”
Richard Douglass-Chin is an associate professor at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada, where he specializes in pre-twentieth-century American literature, as well as African American and Asian American literary forms. His research on how African and Asian aesthetics have deeply influenced modernity has taken him to South Africa, the Caribbean, and China, where he studied Mandarin at the Yale-China Institute of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. In addition to his monograph Preacher Woman Sings the Blues (U of Missouri P, 2001), he has published articles, short stories, and poems in FUSE, MELUS, Revista la Torre, Rampike, Canadian Review of American Studies, and boulderpavement.
Jonathan P. Eburne is an associate professor of comparative literature and English at the Pennsylvania State University, and founding coeditor of ASAP/Journal, the journal for the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present. He is the author of Surrealism and the Art of Crime (Cornell UP, 2008) and coeditor, with Jeremy Braddock, of Paris, Capital of the Black Atlantic (Johns Hopkins UP, 2013) and The Year’s Work in the Oddball Archive (with Judith Roof, forthcoming 2015). He is currently working on a book entitled Outsider Theory.
Benjamin Fagan is an assistant professor of English and African & African American Studies at the University of Arkansas. His research focuses on early African American cultures of print, and his current book project examines how black newspapers helped shape ideas of black chosenness in the decades before the American Civil War..
Ana María Fraile-Marcos is an associate professor of English at the University of Salamanca. Her publications focus on African American and African Canadian literatures, as well as on the literatures of immigration in the U. S. and Canada. She is the author of the book Planteamientos estéticos y políticos en la obra de Zora Neale Hurston (Universitat de València, 2003) and of numerous articles in international peer-reviewed journals and scholarly collections. She is also the editor of Literature and the Global City: Reshaping the English Canadian Imaginary (Routledge, 2014) and Richard Wright’s Native Son (Rodopi, 2007), among other publications. She was a Fulbright scholar at the University of California, Riverside in 2001, and has lectured in various universities in Europe, the U. S., and Canada.
Yolanda J. Franklin is a doctoral candidate at Florida State University. Her poems have appeared in PMS:poemmemoirstory, Sugarhouse Review, and Crab Orchard Review’s American South Issue. She has been awarded several scholarships to write and study at Cave Canem, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, Indiana Writer’s Week, and Colrain Poetry Manuscript Workshop. [End Page 227]
Yogita Goyal is an associate professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles and associate editor of the journal, Contemporary Literature. She is the author of Romance, Diaspora, and Black Atlantic Literature (Cambridge UP, 2010), and editor of the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to Transnational American Literature. Her current research focuses on the afterlives of slavery, colonialism, and apartheid in contemporary black literature.
Will Harris is an associate professor at the United Arab Emirates University. He has published essays in African American Review, MELUS, and CLA Journal, among other venues. He has also finished a poetry manuscript based on his experiences in the Middle East, tentatively titled The Book Going Forth by Day. He is also working on a book about Phillis Wheatley, titled Phillis Wheatley in the African Diasporal Imagination.
Aaron D. McClendon teaches...