Houston A. Baker, Jr. is Distinguished University Professor of English and African American and diaspora studies at Vanderbilt University. He is coeditor with Professor Merinda Simmons of the collection of original essays titled The Trouble with Post-Blackness (Columbia UP, 2015).
zakia henderson-brown’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, North American Review, Vinyl, and others. She currently serves as associate editor at the nonprofit publisher The New Press, and forever represents team Cave Canem. She lives in her native Brooklyn with furball Onyx.
Grant Matthew Jenkins is an associate professor of English at the University of Tulsa, where he teaches poetry and African American literature. He is the author of Poetic Obligation: Ethics in Experimental American Poetry after 1945 (U of Iowa, 2008) and has published essays on the ethics of experimental African American poetry after 1980, including a study of poet Mark McMorris in Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature.
Janaka B. Lewis is an assistant professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she teaches courses in nineteenth-century African American and African American women’s literature. Her scholarship focuses on women’s narratives of freedom, childhood narratives in African American literature, and early African American material culture.
Dante Micheaux is the author of Amorous Shepherd (Sheep Meadow, 2010). His honors include the Oscar Wilde Award and fellowships from Cave Canem Foundation and The New York Times Foundation. Micheaux resides in London.
Iain Haley Pollock’s first collection of poems, Spit Back a Boy (U of Georgia P, 2011), won the 2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. He teaches English at Rye Country Day School in Rye, New York, and is a member of the poetry faculty at the Solstice MFA Program of Pine Manor College.
Maria Holmgren Troy is a professor of English and the director of the Culture Studies Group (KuFo) at Karlstad University, Sweden. She is the co-author of Making Home: Orphanhood, Kinship, and Cultural Memory in Contemporary American Novels (Manchester UP, 2014). Troy’s other publications include articles and chapters on works by Octavia Butler, Elizabeth Stoddard, and Pat Barker.
Nagueyalti Warren is a professor of pedagogy in the Department of African American Studies at Emory University. She is the author of Braided Memory (Snake Nation, 2011), winner of the Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry, and Margaret, circa 1834-1858 (Lotus, 2008), winner of the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared in The Cave Canem Anthology, Cortland Review, Essence magazine, and elsewhere. [End Page 73]