Chinua Achebe is Charles P. Stevenson, Jr. Professor of Languages & Literature at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. The celebrated Nigerian fiction writer and poet is the author of the landmark novel Things Fall Apart (1958), as well as the acclaimed Arrow of God (winner of the New Statesman-Jock Campbell Award), Christmas in Biafra (joint winner of the first Commonwealth Prize), and Anthills of the Savannah (1987), a finalist for the prestigious Booker Prize in England.
R. Victoria Arana is a professor of English at Howard University, where she has taught since 1979. In 1998 she guest-edited a special issue of African American Review devoted to Sterling A. Brown, and co-edited a special issue on "Black British Writers" for BMA: The Sonia Sanchez Literary Review. Her work has also appeared in a number of books and periodicals, including the Dictionary of Literary Biography and The Langston Hughes Review.
Claudia M. Milian Arias is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Haverford College, where she teaches courses in African American and Latino/a cultural studies.
Eleanor Burnette, a native of Chicago, studied fine arts at Chicago State University (summa cum laude), the New School (with Chaim Gross), and the Art Institute of Chicago. She also served an apprenticeship at the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture in New Jersey. Her work has exhibited in a number of museums and galleries in New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont and New York. She lives in Trenton, New Jersey.
Anthony Butts is a member of the creative writing faculty of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. His "What is Not Given" is from Little Low Heaven, his third book of poems, which is scheduled for publication in late 2002.
Roxann Bradshaw, who graduated from Yale University, works in corporate America. She lives in New Haven.
Cyrus Cassells is author of four volumes of poems, the most recent being Beautiful Signor. For his poetry he has received a number of awards, including a Lannan Literary Award, Lambda Literary Award, and the Callaloo Creative Writing Award. He is an associate professor of English at Southwest Texas State University and lives in Austin.
Fernando Conceição is a Brazilian journalist, activist, and scholar based in Salvador, Bahia, who currently teaches in the Communication School of the Universidade Federal da Bahia and edits the newspaper A Província. He is the author of two books, Cala a boca, Calabar: a luta política dos favelados [Shut Your Mouth, Calabar: The Political Struggle of the Favelados] (1986) and Negritude favelada: teoria e militância: a questão do Negro e o poder na "democracia racial brasileira" [Favela-ized Negritude: Theory and Militancy: The Black Question and Power in the Brazilian "Racial Democracy"] (1988), as well as numerous articles, essays and poems. [End Page 710-]
Maryse Condé was born in Guadeloupe. She is the author of several novels, including Hérémakhonon, Ségou: les Murailles de terre, Moi, Tituba, sorcière noire de Salem, La vie scèlérate, and Traversée de la mangrove. She is also author of La parole des femmes: essai sur de romancières de Antilles de langue française, La civilisation du bossale, and other studies of literature and culture. A new book, Tales from the Heart, appeared in 2001.
Mariana Cook's photographs are held in numerous national and international collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The author of four books, Cook lives in New York City.
Fred D'Aguiar is a poet, novelist, playwright and essayist. His eighth book, Bloodlines, a novel written in verse form, appeared from Overlook Press (NY & Woodstock) in 2001 and in the UK (Chatto & Windus, 2000). He is Professor of English at the University of Miami where he directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing.
Toi Derricotte, a professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh, has published four books of poems and a memoir, The Black Notebooks, which received the 1998 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and became a New York Times Notable Book. Tender, her most recent book of poems...