Adam Coombs is a Ph.D. candidate at Indiana University, where he is completing a dissertation that interrogates the conversion of entrepreneurial narratives, gender, and respectability politics in the early decades of the twentieth century to form “entrepreneurial uplift” as an operative narrative mode for framing the political stakes of black-owned businesses.
Vievee Francis is the author of and 2017 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award winner for Forest Primeval (Northwestern UP, 2016). She also wrote Horse in the Dark (Northwestern UP, 2012) and Blue-Tail Fly (Wayne State UP, 2006). Her work has appeared in numerous venues, including Poetry, Best American Poetry 2010, 2014, 2017, and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry (2013). She serves as an associate editor of Callaloo and is an associate professor of English (creative writing) at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Fred Hord is director and professor Africana studies at Knox College. He is the author of four books of poems, including one of selected poetry, as well as poems in several major journals.
Akash Nikolas is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a former associate editor at Zap2It. He holds an MSt in English and American Studies from the University of Oxford.
Melissa Ryan is an associate professor of English at Alfred University, where she teaches courses in American literature with particular attention to race, class, gender, and place. Her essays have appeared in American Literature, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Studies in the Novel, and elsewhere.
Danielle Brune Sigler is associate director for Scholarly Programs at the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin. She is co-editor (with Edward E. Curtis IV) of The New Black Gods: Arthur Huff Fauset and the Study of African American Religions (Indiana UP, 2009).
Chris Slaughter was born and bred in Brooklyn, New York, where he was a barber for over twenty years before joining the field of public education. He has received fellowships from Brooklyn Poets, Cave Canem, and North Country Institute for Writers of Color. Chris has an MFA in poetry from Hunter College and a B.A. in English from Medgar Evers College.
John Zheng is the editor of Sonia Sanchez’s Poetic Spirit through Haiku (Lexington, 2017), African American Haiku: Cultural Visions (UP of Mississippi, 2016), Conversations with Sterling Plumpp (UP of Mississippi, 2016), and The Other World of Richard Wright: Perspectives on His Haiku (UP of Mississippi, 2011). He teaches at Mississippi Valley State University, where he also serves as editor for the Journal of Ethnic American Literature. [End Page 91]