SELENA ANDERSON, a Texas writer, completed her MFA at Columbia University and her PhD at University of Houston. Her stories have appeared in Fence, BOMB, Georgia Review, AGNI, and elsewhere.
RACHEL BRUNNER is an assistant professor of English at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, IL, and is currently working on her PhD at Northern Illinois University. She has published poems in Literature Today.
ANDREW E. COLARUSSO, a visiting assistant professor at Brown University, is author of The Sovereign (2017). He has published in FENCE, Callaloo, and elsewhere.
AARON COLEMAN, a PhD student at Washington University (St. Louis), is author of Threat Come Close (Four Way Books, 2018) and the chapbook St. Trigger (selected for the 2015 Button Poetry Prize). A Fulbright Scholar and Cave Canem Fellow from Metro-Detroit, he is winner of the Tupelo Quarterly Poetry Contest, The Cincinnati Review Schiff Award, and the American Literary Translators Association's Jansen Fellowship. He has also published poems in such periodicals as Boston Review and New York Times Magazine.
ANAÏS DUPLAN is author of Take This Stallion and a chapbook, Mount Carmel and the Blood of Parnassus. His poems and essays have appeared in Hyperallergic, Fence, Boston Review, and other periodicals. Founder of the Center for Afrofuturist Studies in Iowa City, he is also a visual artist, curator, and a joint Public Programs Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem.
SHARIF EL GAMMAL-ORTIZ, a poet and translator who received the MFA from Columbia University, holds a PhD in English from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. His poetry, reviews, and essays have appeared in The Caribbean Writer, The Acentos Review, SAND, The Atlas Review, Sargasso, Caribbean Studies, Callaloo, and in the anthology Being Bilingual in Borinquen (2017).
DAVID B. GREEN, JR. is Director of Diversity and Inclusion at The Sage Colleges in the State of New York. In addition to his administrative role as the institution's chief diversity educator, he also teaches courses in African American studies, women's studies, and LGBTQ studies.
BRENNAH HUTCHISON is a third year PhD student at the University of Memphis, TN.
Z'ÉTOILE IMMA is Michael S. Field Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies at Tulane University (New Orleans), where she is also affiliated with the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. Her major work in progress, "Our Queer Mandela: Simon Nkoli, the Archive, and the Making of an African Queer Icon," analyzes a diverse set of visual and discursive texts which archive the life and times of South African anti-apartheid, gay and lesbian rights, and AIDS activist Simon Nkoli.
BERNARD JAMES is the pseudonym of James Bernard Short, an emerging novelist, essayist, and poet. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The New Guard, Blood Orange Review, The McNeese Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, Killens Review of Arts & Letters, and sx salon, a Small Axe Literary Platform. He is a [End Page 121] 2017/2016 Kimbilio Fellow and a 2015 Givens Writing Fellow. James holds degrees from Northwestern and The University of St. Thomas. He currently resides in the Twin Cities.
JONATHON S. KAHN is Professor of Religion and Africana Studies at Vassar College. He is currently working on two book projects: "What is a Secular Education?" and "With This Faith: Black Democratic Faith and a Reconstruction for Difficult Times." He is author of Divine Discontent: The Religious Imagination of W. E. B. Du Bois and editor (with Vincent Lloyd) of Race and Secularism in America.
HUGHIE LEE-SMITH (1915–1999) was born in Eustis, Florida, and lived in Atlanta, GA, Cleveland, OH, Detroit, MI, New York, NY, and Albuquerque, NM, where he passed, February 23, 1999. "My earliest direct contact with painting was," he tells us, "as a ten-year-old student at the Cleveland Museum. The specific painting that made an impression was Ryder's Death Riding the Race Track. My early attraction to that macabre composition suggests a natural propensity to a romantic perception of reality. . . . In addition to this, in later years I have come to realize the unconscious influence of the Midwestern climate as a key factor in the...