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  • Contributors

Apollo O. Amoko is a graduate student in the Department of English at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Alvin Aubert, an award-winning poet, is Professor Emeritus of English at Wayne State University in Detroit. In 1975, he founded Obsidian, and edited the literary journal until 1985. He is author of Against the Blues, Feeling Through, South Louisiana, and If Winter Come: Collected Poems 1967–1994. His latest collection of poems is Harlem Wrestler (1995).

Keith Clark, an assistant professor of English at George Mason University, is currently a Carolina Minority Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His articles have appeared in New Essays on “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” the Faulkner Journal, and African American Review.

Lucille Clifton, who has won many prizes for her work, is author of thirty-two books of poetry for adults and prose for young readers. She is the only poet with two books as finalist for the Pulitzer Prize during the same year. She is currently Distinguished Professor of Humanities at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She has also served as Blackburn Professor of Creative Writing at Duke University and as Poet Laureate of Maryland.

Wanda Coleman, a native of Southern California, is author of volumes of prose and poetry, including Imagoes, African Sleeping Sickness: Stories & Poems, and Hand Dance. Her most recent collection of poems is Bathwater Wine (1998).

Rita Dove, Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia, is former Poet Laureate of the United States. Her seventh collection of poems, On the Bus with Rosa Parks, will be published by W.W. Norton in April, 1999. The most recent of her many honors are the 1996 Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities, the 1996 National Medal in the Humanities, the 1997 Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers Award, the 1997 Sara Lee Frontrunner Award, and the 1998 Levinson Prize for Poetry magazine. Ms. Dove’s song cycle Seven for Luck, set to music by John Williams and featured with the Boston Pops on PBS, was premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood in July 1998, and her play The Darker Face of the Earth, which will open at the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles in March 1999, has been performed at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Crossroads Theatre of New Jersey, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington.

Percival Everett is a professor of English at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. His numerous books of fiction include Frenzy, God’s Country, and Watershed.

Joanne V. Gabbin is Professor of English and Director of the Honors Program at James Madison University. She recently edited the Furious Flowering of African American Poetry.

Nikolai S.W. Goodich, who has shown his work widely in the United States, is studying for the BFA in art at the Art Institute of Chicago. He has also studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Boston School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

Forrest Hamer is a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, and a practicing psychologist in Oakland, California. Call & Response (1995) is his first collection of poems.

Myronn Hardy, who received the BA degree in English literature with honors from the University of Michigan, is currently studying for the MFA in creative writing at Columbia University.

Sean Hill is a native of Milledgeville, Georgia, and a recent graduate of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Georgia. He lives in Athens, Georgia.

Geoffrey Jacques is the Managing Editor of New Labor Forum and author of Suspended Knowledge, Free Within Ourselves: An Introduction to the Harlem Renaissance, Hunger and Other Poems, and The African-American Movement Today.

Paul Jay is a professor and Assistant Chair of the Department of English at Loyola University of Chicago. He is the author of Contingency Blues: The Search for Foundations in American Criticism.

Jacqueline Johnson, a recipient of a James Michner Fellowship to the Caribbean Writers Summer Institute at the University of Miami, is a graduate of the Graduate Writing Program at New York University. For her fiction and poetry, she has received awards from the Cultural Development Commission.

Vandana Khanna, who...

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