Keith Clark is a professor of English and African and African American Studies at George Mason University. His most recent book is The Radical Fiction of Ann Petry (Louisiana State UP, 2013). He would like to thank Professors Joy Myree Mainor and Kenyatta Dorey Graves for their insights on earlier drafts of this essay.
Julia Istomina’s work focuses primarily on U. S. multiethnic literatures, literatures of the Americas, and African diasporic literatures. Additionally, she has interdisciplinary interests in diaspora studies; women’s, gender, and sexuality studies; American studies; and cultural studies. Istomina completed her work on theories of knowledge and surveillance in U. S. women of color detective fiction at Ohio State University. Recent esssays have been published in Arizona Quarterly and West Africa Review.
Monifa Lemons Jackson is a poet, mother, and co-founder and director of The Watering Hole. She is the co-founder of the TWH 2 Day Poetry Festival in Columbia, South Carolina and is a facilitator of various poetry and improvisation workshops in the Southeast. Her poetry can be found in Home Is Where: An Anthology of African American Poetry from the Carolinas (Hub City, 2011) and Between the Cracks of Concrete Thighs, Vol. 1.
Kateema Lee’s poetry has been published in print and in online literary journals. She is an associate editor for the Potomac Review and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. When she is not writing, she teaches English composition, literature, and women’s studies at Montgomery College in Maryland.
Manuel Martinez earned his MFA from the University of Florida. He was the recipient of the 1993 Hurston/Wright Award and was a fellow at the Center for Fiction. His short fiction has been published in a number of journals and magazines. More information can be found at www.ManuelMartinez.com.
Christopher Stampone is a Ph.D. candidate at Southern Methodist University who is finishing a dissertation on genre studies and transatlantic Romanticism. His work has recently appeared in Studies in American Naturalism, Early American Literature, Nathaniel Hawthorne Review, The Chaucer Review, and The Explicator.
Mark A. Tabone is a lecturer in English at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His scholarly interests include contemporary African American and African literatures, utopias and dystopias, and globalization studies. His published and forthcoming essays discuss the work of Samuel R. Delany, Colson Whitehead, and Claudia Rankine.
Joe Weixlmann edited AAR between 1976 and 2004 and is currently a professor of English at Saint Louis University. His recent scholarship has focused on the writing on Percival Everett, as evidenced not only by the article on erasure that appears in this issue but also by the publication of his 2013 book of edited Conversations with Percival Everett (UP of Mississippi) and his role as founding president of the Percival Everett International Society. [End Page 177]