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  • Contributors

kimberly anderson is a lens-based visual artist, employing photography, collage, and mixed media as a framework for her explorations of the nuances of memory. She encourages viewers to engage with the multifaceted tapestry of Blackness and the balance between the value and fragility ingrained in these narratives. Anderson is currently based in Brooklyn.

rebecca bengal is a writer of fiction and nonfiction who grew up in western North Carolina and is currently based in Brooklyn. Her stories, interviews, essays, reported pieces, and collaborations with artists have been published in Aperture, the New York Times, the New Yorker, and the Paris Review. Her first book of essays, Strange Hours: Photography, Memory, and the Lives of Artists, was published in 2023 as part of the Aperture Ideas series.

kinitra d. brooks is the Audrey and John Leslie Endowed Chair in Literary Studies in the Department of English at Michigan State University. Dr. Brooks specializes in the study of Black women, genre fiction, and popular culture. She has coedited The Lemonade Reader, and her two other books are Searching for Sycorax: Black Women's Hauntings of Contemporary Horror and Sycorax's Daughters.

julyan davis is a British-American painter and novelist who has made the American South his subject since 1988. His art focuses on documenting both the vanishing landscape and the lost histories and folklore of the region. His traveling museum exhibits include collaborations with poets, musicians, historians, and actors.

golden (they/them) is a Black gender-non-conforming trans photographer, poet, and community organizer. They are the author of A Dead Name That Learned How to Live and the photographic series On Learning How to Live, documenting Black trans life at the intersections of surviving and living in the United States. Their hybrid poetry and photography book, reprise, will be released in 2025.

k. ibura is the author of two speculative fiction collections, Ancient, Ancient (winner of the James Tiptree Award) and When the World Wounds, and a novel for children, When the World Turns Upside Down. She is the coeditor of the Infinite Constellations anthology and author of an ebook series about writing. Learn more at and [End Page 98]

john jennings is a professor of media and cultural studies at the University of California at Riverside. Jennings is coeditor of the Eisner Award–winning collection The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of the Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art. Jennings is also a 2016 Nasir Jones Hip Hop Studies Fellow with the Hutchins Center at Harvard University. Jennings's current projects include the horror anthology Box of Bones, the coffee table book Black Comix Returns (with Damian Duffy), and the New York Times best-selling graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler's classic dark fantasy novel Kindred, winner of the Eisner and Bram Stoker awards. Jennings is also founder and curator of the Abrams Megascope line of graphic novels.

kameelah l. martin's scholarly expertise sits at the crossroads of African Diaspora literature(s) and folklore studies. Martin is the author of Conjuring Moments in African American Literature and Envisioning Black Feminist Voodoo Aesthetics, and coeditor of The Lemonade Reader. She is dean of the graduate school and professor of African American studies and English at the College of Charleston.

alena pirok is associate professor of history at Georgia Southern University. Her research explores the intersection of historical interpretation, memory, ghost lore, and dissonant heritage. She is the author of The Spirit of Colonial Williamsburg : Ghosts and Interpreting the Recreated Past (University of Massachusetts Press, 2022).

kristine potter is an artist based in Nashville. She holds an MFA in photography from Yale University (2005) and is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship (2018) and the Grand Prix Images Vevey (2019–2020). Potter's first monograph, Manifest, was published in 2018, and her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and is held in numerous public and private collections, including the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and the Swiss Camera Museum, Vevey. Potter is currently an assistant professor of photography at Middle Tennessee State University.

jared ragland, MFA (Tulane University), is an assistant professor of photography at Utah State University. His...