Frederick Luis Aldama, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of English at Stanford University, is currently working on two book-length manuscripts, Hybridity, Mimesis, Ethnicity and Queer Subaltern: Reformings of Suffering and Ecstasy. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has published in the Journal of Narrative and Life History, African-American Review, Stanford Humanities Review, and other journals.
Elizabeth Alexander is currently a fellow at the Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University. She is the author of two collections of poems, The Venus Hottentot and Body of Life.
Holly Bass, who contributes articles to the Washington Post and the Washington City Paper, teaches creative writing at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC.
Herman Beavers is an associate professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. He is author of A Neighborhood of Feelings (poems) and Wrestling Angels into Song: The Fictions of Ernest J. Gaines and James Alan McPherson.
Kenneth Bowman currently teaches theatre at California State University. At the writing of the article included in this volume, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor in Africana Studies at Cornell University. He has directed numerous plays by Ben Caldwell and is preparing a literary biography of the playwright. Bowman holds a PhD from the School of Theater, Film & Television at UCLA.
Doralee E. Brooks is a professor in the Developmental Studies Department of the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh. She has published poems in The Bridge and The Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
Bill Buege has published poems in various periodicals, including Iris, The Madison Review, The New York Quarterly, and Christian Century.
Anthony Butts has poems forthcoming in Giant Steps: The New Generation of African American Writers (William Morrow & Co.) and in Our Souls Have Grown Deep Like the Rivers: Black Poets Read Their Work (Rhino Records). He is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at the University of Dayton.
Ben Caldwell, a major theater voice during the Black Arts Movement, is author of a number of plays, including All White Caste, Family Portrait, Militant Preacher, Riot Sale, and Prayer Meeting.
Bebe Moore Campbell has published three novels—Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine, Brothers and Sisters, and Singing in the Comeback Choir—and two nonfiction books, Successful Women, Angry Men: Backlash in the Two-Career Marriage and Sweet Summer: Growing Up with and without My Dad. She has also published in numerous periodicals, including The Los Angeles Times, Washington Post Book World, Ebony, Ms., The New York Times Book Review, Village Voice, and The Times Literary Supplement (London).
Jane Campbell is Professor of English at Purdue University, Calumet, and author of Mythic Black Fiction: The Transformation of History. Her work has appeared in African American Writers, Obsidian, Black Women in America, The Oxford Companion to Women Writers in the U.S., and The Dictionary of Literary Biography. She lives in Oak Park, Illinois.
Lucille Clifton, Poet Laureate of the State of Maryland (1975–85), has received many fellowships and awards for her poetry collections and children’s books, including the Shelley Memorial Prize, a Charity Randall Citation, an Emmy Award from the American Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, a selection as a Literary Lion by the New York Public Library, a Lannan Achievement Award in Poetry, and the 1999 Lila Wallace-Readers’ Digest Writers’ Award. She serves on the board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets and was recently elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts. Her most recent book, The Terrible Stories, was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Lenore Marshall Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Lucille Clifton is featured in Callaloo (22.1 [Winter 1999]).
Carrol F. Coates, an associate editor of Callaloo, is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the State University of New York in Binghamton. He has translated a number of Haitian works from French to English: Rene Depestre’s The Festival of the Greasy Pole, Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s Dignity, and Jacques Stephen Alexis’ General Sun, My Brother.
Toi Derricotte is author of four books of poetry and a memoir, The Black Notebooks. The Black Notebooks won the Annisfield-Wolf Award in nonfiction and the nonfiction award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association in 1997. Her latest book of poems, Tender, won the Paterson Poetry Prize in 1998. She is co-founder (with Cornelius Eady) of Cave Canem, the first workshop for African-American poets.
R. Erica Doyle is a writer, teacher, and performer of Trinidadian descent who has published in Sinister Wisdom, Blithe House Quarterly, and in chapbooks (gathering, blood to the surface and debris).
Cornelius Eady, who teaches at the New School in New York, is co-founder (with Toi Derricotte) of the Cave Canem poetry workshop and retreat. His books of poems include Victims of the Latest Dance Craze, You Don’t Miss Your Water, and The Autobiography of a Juke Box. He won the Lamont Prize in 1985.
Brent Hayes Edwards, who received the PhD degree in English at Columbia University, is an assistant professor of English at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. He has published in Transition, Hambone, and The Jazz Cadence of American Culture and is co-editing a collection entitled Rethinking Black Marxism (forthcoming from Duke University Press).
Dennis F. Essar teaches French and Francophone literatures at Brock University in Canada.
John Alexander Frazier, who teaches at Georgetown Day School, won the 1998 Hayden Carruth Prize for poetry that appeared in Real Sugar. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in a number of periodicals, including The Massachusetts Review, Beyond the Frontier, Revolutionary Voices, Bay Windows, Negotiations, and The Widener Review.
January Gill, a marketing associate at Houghton Mifflin Company, has published in Dominion Review, Seattle Review and other periodicals. She is editor/creator of Colophon, Houghton Mifflin’s first literary magazine.
Farah Jasmine Griffin is an associate professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. She is author of “Who set you flowin’?”: The African American Migration Narrative and editor of Beloved Sisters and Loving Friends: Letters from Addie Brown (Hartford) and Rebecca Primus (Royal Oak).
Kendra Hamilton, a candidate for the PhD in English at the University of Virginia, has published poems in Callaloo. Her scholarship and journalistic work have appeared in a number of periodicals, such as ArtLies, New Delta Review, Southern Cultures, The Houston Chronicle, Public News, and Black Issues in Higher Education. She received the MFA degree from Louisiana State University, where she was a winner of an American Academy of Poets Prize for the title poem of her sequence, Confessions of a Redbone.
Richard Hardack has published widely in such books and periodicals as A Liberating Sojourn: Frederick Douglass in Britain, Social and Secure?, Passages, Politics and Culture of the Welfare State, ESQ and Callaloo. From 1994 to 1998 he was a visiting professor of English at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges. He has left academics to pursue law, partly in frustration with the essentialism he encountered (primarily from white hiring committees) in what he had hoped would be an area of free inquiry.
Michael S. Harper, the first Poet Laureate of Rhode Island (1988–1993), is University Professor and Professor of English at Brown University. His most recent collection, Honorable Amendments (1995), won the George Kent Award selected by Gwendolyn Brooks. His collected poems Songlines in Michaeltree will be published in the spring of 2000. He is also co-editor (with Anthony Walton) of the Vintage Anthology of African American Poetry, 1750–2000. He has edited or co-edited Every Shut Eye Ain’t Asleep (poetry), The Collected Poems of Sterling A. Brown and Chant of Saints.
Phillip Brian Harper is a Professor of English and American Studies at New York University. He is author of Framing the Margins: The Social Logic of Postmodern Culture (Oxford, 1994), Are We Not Men?: Masculine Anxiety and the Problem of African-American Identity (Oxford, 1996), and Private Affairs: Critical Ventures in the Culture of Social Relations (New York, 1999).
Terrance Hayes is author of Muscular Music. His poems have also appeared in a number of periodicals and anthologies, including Red Brick Review, The Beloit Poetry Journal, and Pittsburgh Quarterly.
Mae G. Henderson, author of a number of articles on African-American and feminist criticism and theory, is a professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is co-editor of the five-volume Antislavery Newspapers and Periodicals: An Annotated Index of Letters, 1817–1871 and editor of the English Institute volume, Borders, Boundaries, and Frames: Cultural Criticism and Cultural Studies.
Major Jackson is a graduate of the creative writing program at the University of Oregon. His poems have previously appeared in American Poetry Review, Boulevard, Obsidian II, and Painted Bride Quarterly. He is the recipient of scholarships and fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, MacDowell Artist Colony, and Pew Fellowships in the Arts. Currently, he serves as Assistant Professor of English at Xavier University of Louisiana.
G. Winston James is Executive Director of the Other Countries: Black Gay Expression artists collective. His work has been published in a number of anthologies, including Fighting Words, Milking Black Bull, Sojourner, The Mammoth Book of Gay Erotica, His 2, Shade, and Waves.
Gene Jarrett is a graduate student at Brown University.
Valerie Jean, author of Woman Writing a Letter, received the MFA degree in poetry writing at the University of Maryland, College Park, and is a writing instructor there. Her poems have been published in Paterson Literary Review, Black American Literature Forum, The Missouri Review, River Styx, Gargoyle, and other periodicals.
Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, a Poetry Scholar at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, graduated of Talladega College and received the MFA degree in creative writing from the University of Alabama. She has received awards from the Rona Jaffe Foundation for Women Writers and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for Women. Her poems have appeared in Identity Lessons, Poet Lore, and Brilliant Corners. Her book The Gospel of Barbecue won the 1999 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize and is forthcoming (Fall 2000) from Kent State University Press.
Brandon D. Johnson is author of The Strangers Between and Man Burns Ant. Originally from Gary, Indiana, he received the JD degree from the Antioch School of Law.
Liz Cherry Jones lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Dany Laferrière, a native of Haiti, has published eight novels and one volume of short stories. He lives in Miami.
Clarence Major is the author of several award-winning novels, including Such Was The Season, Painted Turtle: Woman With Guitar, Dirty Bird Blues and Reflex and Bone Structure, My Amputations, as well as stories collected in Fun & Games (1990), a new edition of poetry, Configurations: New and Selected Poems 1958–1998 (1998, a finalist for the National Book Award, 1999), and nonfiction, Afterthoughts: Essays and Criticism (1998) and All-Night Visitors (1998). He has received numerous awards, among them a National Council on The Arts Award (1970), a Fulbright (1981–1983) and two Pushcart prizes (1976/1990). He teaches at the University of California, Davis.
Devorah Major is author of An Open Weave, a novel, two books of poems, Traveling Women and street smarts, a book of poems for which she won the PEN Oakland 1996 Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature. She has also published in such periodicals and anthologies as Obsidian II, The Progressive, Black Scholar, Frontiers, Left Curve, Callaloo, and Pushcart XII.
Carine M. Mardorossian is an assistant professor at the State University of New York in Buffalo.
Dawn Lundy Martin is studying for the PhD degree in English literature at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her poems and articles have appeared in Transfer, Forward Motion, and other magazines.
Lenard D. Moore is author of Desert Storm: A Brief History, Forever Home, and The Open Eye. He teaches English and Poetry Writing at North Carolina State University and is an adjunct professor of English at Shaw University.
Opal Moore is Chair of the Department of English at Spelman College (Atlanta, GA), where she teaches courses in literature and creative writing. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including African American Review, Callaloo, Home Places: Stories of the South by Women Writers, and Honey, Hush! An Anthology of African American Women’s Humor.
Renée K. Moore, is a Chicago native with Louisiana roots. “Some Time” is her first published poem.
Gregory Pardlo is an associate editor of poetry for Painted Bride Quarterly and is currently working on the MFA in poetry at New York University as the New York Times Fellow.
David Pilgrim is a professor in the Department of Social Sciences at Ferris State University (Michigan). He has published in a number of places, including African American Encyclopedia, Journal of Religious Studies, Journal of American Studies, Obsidian, and Shooting Star Review.
Jean L. Prophète, author of Les Para-Personnages dans les tragedies de Racine, was an associate professor of French at Hunter College (1979–1995).
D.J. Renegade lives in Washington, DC. He has published before in Callaloo.
James Richardson, a candidate for the PhD in English at Emory University, is an instructor at Morehouse College in Atlanta.
Millicent Rucker received the DDS degree from Meharry Medical College and the MSD degree from Indiana University School of Dentistry. She has retired and lives in Tucson, Arizona.
Kate Rushin is an Adjunct Assistant Professor and Visiting Writer in African American Studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.
Sonia Sanchez is the Laura Carnell Professor of English at Temple University, where she serves as Director of Women’s Studies. She has published 13 books of poetry, the most recent being Does Your House Have Lions?, Like the Singing Coming Off the Drums, and Shake Loose My Skin. She has won several awards for her poetry, including the Lucretia Mott Award, a Pew Fellowship, and the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Humanities (Pennsylvania). Does Your House Have Lions? was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1998.
Evie Shockley is a candidate for the PhD in English at Duke University. Her work has been published in African American Review, Black Arts Quarterly, Blue Mesa Review, and The North American Review.
Faith Smith, who recently received the PhD degree from the Literature Program of Duke University, is an assistant professor of English and African-American studies at Brandeis University. She was born in Jamaica.
Jonathan Smith is a candidate for the PhD degree in English at Washington University (St. Louis). He has previously published in such journals as Obsidian, Agni, River Styx, and Quarterly West.
Mark Smith-Soto, who is of Costa Rican descent, is a professor of Spanish at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, where he edits the International Poetry Review. He is author of Jose Asuncion Silva and El arte de Alfonsina Storni. He has published poetry in such journals as Quarterly West, Poetry East, and Carolina Quarterly.
Christina Springer has published poems in a number of periodicals, including Shooting Star Review, The Pennsylvania Review, Amethyst, and The New Voice. She lives in Pittsburgh.
Virgil Suárez, who was born in Cuba, is author of Spared Angola: Memories From a Cuban-American Childhood, a memoir and a collection of poems. He is also author of a collection of short stories, Welcome to the Oasis, and four novels, Latin Jazz, The Cutter, Havana Thursdays, and Going Under. He teaches Creative Writing at FSU.
Lyrae N. Van Clief-Stefanon is studying for the MFA degree in poetry at Pennsylvania State University. When she was an undergraduate student at Washington & Lee University, she was awarded an Academy of American Poets Prize.
Reetika Vazirani is Margaret Banister Writer-in-Residence at Sweet Briar College, where she teaches poetry workshops and a seminar on the novel. She is author of White Elephants, a book of poems selected by Marilyn Hacker for a Barnard New Women Poets Prize. She has published in a number of periodicals, including Ploughshares, Massachusetts Review, Partisan Review, TriQuarterly, Agni, and Callaloo, and received a 1999 Pushcart Prize.
Afaa Michael Weaver was a member of the inaugural faculty of Cave Canem and received his M.F.A. from Brown (1987). A Pew Fellow (1998), he has five published collections of poetry, and three are forthcoming: The Ten Lights of God, Sandy Point and Multitudes/Poems Selected and New. He holds the Alumnae Chair in English at Simmons College and is Editor of Obsidian III.
Christopher Wise, who teaches global literatures at Western Washington University in Bellingham, is editor of Yambo Ouologuem: Postcolonial Writer, Islamic Militant.
Michelle M. Wright is an Assistant Professor in Literary and Cultural Studies and holds the McCandless Chair in English at Carnegie Mellon University for the years 1997–2000. She was born in Rome, Italy, the daughter of an African-American diplomat, and is currently working on a manuscript entitled Missing Persons: The Search for Postcolonial Subjects in the African Diaspora.