Simon Abramowitsch is an English instructor at Chabot College. He is working on a history of multiethnic literary, artistic, and political culture in the San Francisco Bay Area from the 1960s to the 1990s.
Natasha Andreil lives in Mead, Colorado with her husband. She earned her BA in English/creative writing from Webster University and owns Stasia Press, a small independent publisher that focuses on poetry chapbooks.
Eurie Dahn is an associate professor at The College of Saint Rose and codirector of The Digital Colored American Magazine. Her current book project focuses on the periodical networks of the Jim Crow era.
K. Eltinaé is a Sudanese poet of Nubian descent, whose work has appeared in World Literature Today, Solidago, Rigorous, New Contrast, and Poetry Potion, among others. He is the first-place winner in Poetry in the 2018 Muftah Creative Writing Competition. More of his work and public performances can be found at https://www.instagram.com/k.eltinae and https://www.facebook.com/eltinae.
DaMaris B. Hill is the author of \ Vi-zə-bəl \ \ Teks-chərs \ (Visible Textures) (Mammoth, 2015) and A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing (Bloomsbury, January 2019), and is the editor of The Fluid Boundaries of Suffrage and Jim Crow: Staking Claims in the American Heartland (Lexington, 2016). Similar to her creative process, Hill’s scholarly research is interdisciplinary. She serves as assistant professor of creative writing, American literature, and African American studies at the University of Kentucky. https://aaas.as.uky.edu/users/dbhi222.
Koritha Mitchell is a literary historian, cultural critic, and associate professor of English, specializing in African American literature, racial violence in U. S. history and contemporary culture, and black drama and performance. Her 2011 study, Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890–1930, won awards from the American Theatre & Drama Society and from the Society for the Study of American Women Writers. She edited the Broadview Press edition of Frances Harper’s 1892 novel Iola Leroy, and her articles include “James Baldwin, Performance Theorist, Sings the Blues for Mister Charlie” (American Quarterly) and “Love in Action” (Callaloo), which draws parallels between racial violence at the last turn of the century and anti-LGBT violence today.
Samantha Pergadia is a Ph.D. candidate in English at Washington University in St. Louis. Her dissertation traces the rhetorical strategies through which contemporary American literary authors entangle the concept of race and species to imagine an interactive relationship between these categories. Samantha’s research and teaching areas include critical animal studies, interspecies feminism, and the history of race.
Derik Smith is an associate professor in the department of literature at Claremont McKenna College. His book, Robert Hayden in Verse: New Histories of African American Poetry and the Black Arts Era, was published in 2018.
Calvin Walds is a poet, scholar, and educator from Detroit. His current project concerns black obscurity, sonic abstraction, and the poetics of a “relational fugitivity,” a fleeing together. He has received fellowships from The Watering Hole and Callaloo, and has published writing in publications such as The Felt, Coldnoon: Travel Poetics, the Poetry Project newsletter, and Hyperallergic.
Dana A. Williams is professor of African American literature and chair of English at Howard University. She is completing a book-length study of Toni Morrison’s editorship at Random House in a manuscript currently titled “Toni at Random.”