Muhabbat Bakaeva is a Doctoral Candidate in English Philology at the University of Bukhara, in Uzbekistan. She has significant interests in American-Uzbek literary relations, poetry, and translation.
Mary Battenfeld, who received a Fulbright Scholar Award, is an associate professor of humanities at Wheelock College, where she teaches interdisciplinary courses in American studies and multicultural American literature.
Jeremy Braddock recently received the PhD degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania. He co-edited (with Stephen Hock) Directed by Allen Smithe, a collection of essays on authorship, pseudonymity, and film culture.
Lucille Clifton, Poet Laureate of the State of Maryland (1975-85), received the National Book Award for her collection of poems Blessing the Boats (2000). For her numerous volumes of poetry she has received many fellowships and awards, including the Shelley Memorial Prize, a Charity Randal Citation, an Emmy Award from the American Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, a selection as a Literary Lion by the New York Public Library, a Lannan Achievement Award in Poetry, and the 1999 Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Writers Award. She serves on the board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets and was recently elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Edwidge Danticat is author of two novels, Breath, Eyes, Memory (1994) and The Farming of Bones (1999), and of Krik! Krak! (1995), a short story collection which was a finalist for the National Book Award. When she was twelve, she emigrated from Haiti to the U.S. to join her parents in Brooklyn. A graduate of Barnard College, she received the MFA degree in creative writing from Brown University in 1993.
Eisa Davis, poet and playwright, is a graduate of Actors Studio and Harvard University. An affiliate artist at New York Theatre Workshop, she has received fellowships from Van Lier Foundation/New Dramatists, the Mellon Foundation, and the McDowell Colony.
Brent Hayes Edwards is an assistant professor in the English Department at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. He is currently completing a book called The Practice of Diaspora, which will be published by Harvard University Press. He is an associate editor of Callaloo.
Meta Duewa Jones is currently an assistant professor of English at George Washington University, where she teaches courses in modern and postmodern poetry and African-American Literature. She is working on a larger project that explores the relationship between performance, prosody and a jazz-inflected African-American poetics.
Yusef Komunyakaa is the author of twelve books of poems, including Talking Dirty to the Gods (2000); Thieves of Paradise (1998), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Neon Vernacular: New & Selected Poems 1977-1989 (1994), [End Page 1286-] for which he received the Pulitzer Prize and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; Dien Cai Dau (1988), which won The Dark Room Poetry Prize; I Apologize for the Eyes in My Head (1986), winner of the San Francisco Poetry Center Award; and Pleasure Dome: New & Collected Poems, 1975-1999. A decorated Vietnam veteran, Komunyakaa recently received the 2001 Ruth Lilly Prize. He serves as a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets and is currently a professor in the Council of Humanities and Creative Writing Program at Princeton University.
Seth Moglen is an assistant professor of English at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and author of A Modernism Beyond Melancholia: John Dos Passos's "U.S.A" in Interactions of Loss.
David Chioni Moore has published articles in a number of periodicals, including Diaspora, Research in African Literatures, Resources for American Literary Study, Transition, Genre, and PMLA. He is an associate professor of international studies and English at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Lawrence J. Oliver is Associate Professor of English and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. The author of Brander Matthews, Theodore Roosevelt and the Politics Of American Literature, 1880-1920, as well as numerous scholarly essays, he has edited The Letters of Theodore Roosevelt and Brander Matthews and co-edited (with Kenneth M. Price) Critical Essays on James Weldon Johnson.
Marilene Phipps is an author and painter who was born and grew up in Haiti...