Tiffany Austin received her B.A. in English from Spelman College, MFA in creative writing from Chicago State University, J.D. from Northeastern, and Ph.D. in English from Saint Louis University. Austin previously received a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and most recently was awarded an artist fellowship grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission. She currently teaches rhetorical and creative writing at the College of the Bahamas.
Steven Garabedian is an assistant professor of history at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. He has published articles and reviews in American Quarterly, Popular Music & Society, Peace and Change: A Journal of Peace Research, Hudson River Valley Review, Journal of Southern History, Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy, and XCP: Cross-Cultural Poetics. Currently, he is at work on a monograph, Hidden in Plain Sight: Lawrence Gellert, African American Blues Protest, and White Denial.
Anne Hébert (1916–2000) was a French Canadian author and poet. She was a four-time recipient of the Governor General’s Award, Canada’s top literary honor.
Habiba Ibrahim is an associate professor of English at the University of Washington. She is the author of Troubling the Family: The Promise of Personhood and the Rise of Multiracialism (U of Minnesota P, 2012). Her current book project examines the articulations of race, gender, and age in the black literary imagination.
Trent Masiki is a Ph.D. Candidate in Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. His short fiction, essays, and literary journalism have appeared in Callaloo, Short Story Journal, Solstice Literary Magazine, Obsidian, Xavier Review, Reform Judaism Magazine, Poets and Writers Magazine, and These Hands I Know: African American Writers on Family. In 2015, Masiki served nine months as a Fulbright Scholar at the Universidad Autónoma de Chiriquí in David, Panama, teaching U. S. literature and rhetoric and composition from an African American and multiethnic perspective.
Ana Valverde Osan received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and is currently a professor of Spanish at Indiana University Northwest. She is interested in women’s poetry and poetic translation, and she has had several books of poetry in translation published.
Erin Penner is an assistant professor at Asbury University, to which she moved after a postdoc at the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford, and a Ph.D. at Cornell University. Her book manuscript, “Woolf, Faulkner, and the Character of Mourning,” reflects her interest in the relationship between the modernist novel and elegy. She is currently at work on a project concerning profanity’s revelations about culture after World War I, and another that traces African American literature of mourning from W. E. B. Du Bois to Toni Morrison.
Emily Ruth Rutter is an assistant professor of English at Ball State University, where she teaches courses in multiethnic American and African American literature. Her research has appeared in African American Review, South Atlantic Review, Studies in American Culture, MELUS, and A Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century American Women’s Poetry. She is currently completing a book manuscript focused on literary representations of black baseball. [End Page 403]
Patrick Sylvain is a poet, writer, social critic, and photographer, and is published in several scholarly and creative anthologies, journals and reviews. He earned an Ed.M. from Harvard GSE, an MFA from Boston University, and he is pursuing a Ph.D. in English at Brandeis University. [End Page 404]