MARION BETHEL was born in the Bahamas where she presently lives and works as both a writer and an attorney. In 1997 she attended the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College as a Fellow in Poetry. Her second volume of poetry, Hurricane of Desire, will be published in August 2009 by Peepal Tree Press, London.
YOLANDA CASTANO was born in Santiago de Comopostela in 1977. She is the author of award-winning works of poetry. Her interest in a dialogue of poetry across multi-disciplinary lines is manifested in a body of work that includes poems based on photographs, musical versions of her poems, collaborations with television, a digital anthology, and an award-winning "videopoem." In addition to her artistic work, Castano has written a body of critical reviews and has founded and directed literary and art journals. She works tirelessly to promote the Galician language as Secretary of the Association of Authors Writing in the Galician Language. Her work has been translated into Catalan, French, English, German, Russian and Arabic. Her website is www.yolandacastano.com.
BLANCA CASTELLON has published three collections of poems: Ama del espiritu; Flotaciones, and Orilla opuesta, winner of the Premio Internacional (the International Prize) from the Institutor de Estudios Modernistas (Institute of Modernists Studies) in Valencia, Spain and Los Juegos de Hisa. She served as the vice president of the Nicaraguan Center for Writers and is the vice president of the Festival International of Poetry of Granada. Her poems have been translated and are included in many national and international anthologies.
GREGORY COATES was born 1961 in Washington, DC. He attended the Corcoran School of Art, in Washington, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the Kunst Academy in Duesseldorf, Germany. He has exhibited in numerous solo shows nationally and internationally. Amongst his many awards include the Joan Mitchell Foundation and Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship Awards, the New York Foundation Fellowship for the Arts, and the Artist-in-Residence award at the Studio Museum in Harlem.
KIM COLEMAN FOOTE is currently working on a memoir about Ghana and a novel about the slave trade. Her writing has appeared most recently in Potomac Review, Crab Orchard Review, Just Like a Girl, Woman.Period, WorldView, Babel Fish, andHomelands (Seal Press). She won the inaugural 2008 PALF Africana Creative Nonfiction Contest and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Chicago State University.
KYLE G. DARGAN is an assistant professor of literature and a member of the Creative Writing MFA faculty at American University. His debut collection of poems, The Listening, won the 2003 Cave Canem Prize, and his second collection, Bouquet of Hungers, was recently released by the University of Georgia Press. He is the founder and editor of Post No Ills magazine, and was until recently the managing editor of Callaloo.
Writer, vocalist, and sound artist, LATASHA N. NEVADA DIGGS is the author of three chapbooks including Ichi-Ban and Ni-Ban (both MOH Press), and Manuel is destroying my bathroom (Belladonna Press), as well as the albura Television. Her work has been published in Nocturnes, Rattapallax, Spoken Word Revolution Redux, Drumvoices Review, and Tea Party Magazine. Diggs has received scholarships, residencies, and fellowships from Cave Canem, Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, Naropa Institute, Caldera Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, aud the Eban Demarest Trust. She is a Harlem Elohi Aniyunwiya.
JOSE FALCONI is Art Forum Curator of Latino And Latin American Art at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University, a capacity in which he has curated more than fifteen exhibits of contemporary Latin American artists. He has contributed to several academic and specialized art journals. His latest publications include A Principality of Its Own (co-edited with Gabriela Rangel), The Other Latinos (co-edited with Jose Antonio Mazzotti), and the poetry volume Indicios del naufragio (Lima, 2007).
GAIL MILISSA GRANT was a foreign service officer with the U.S. Information Agency for more than twenty years, managing internal cultural and educational exchange programs overseas. A former assistant professor of art and architectural history at Howard University, she is now a writer and public speaker based in Rome.
MARCUS J. GUILLORY, a Houston-born, L.A.-based writer/producer, is considered one of the most prolific underground/above-ground emerging writers in the country, documenting the black male experience from producing Snoop Dogg's Fatherhood to writing the memoirs of in-famous Blood gang member Bone Sloan (Training Day, Bastards of The Part 7, Street Kings), as well as documenting the artwork of Louisiana Creole uberkind, Angelbert Metoyer. In film, Guillory became the first American to write a produced Bollywood movie, Karma Confessions & Holi, adding to his list of commissioned screen- and teleplays that he affectionately calls his "day job." Guillory's prose fiction deals with subversive African American themes, spawning the controversial literary term "Nigga Gothic" to describe his aesthetic with the publication of shorts stories such as "Light-Skinned Niggas Can't Fight", "Monroe Lewis" and "Holy Week (Easter Basket Rock)" to name a few. He's currently preparing to release a short story collection entitled, Red Now-N-Laters.
RANDALL HORTON is the author of The Definition of Place (Main Street Rag, 2006) and coeditor of Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS from the Black Diaspora. He is also a Cave Canem Fellow.
LEDO IVO is a poet, novelist, journalist, and poetic spokesman of the Generation of 1945, whose contributions to Brazilian letters has won him a place in literary history. Snake's Nest, Or, A Tale Badly Told, his first novel to be translated into English, was originally published in 1973 under the title Ninho de Cobras." Uma Historia Mal Contada and won the prestigious Brazilian Walmap Prize for that year. Ivo's other writings include volumes of short stories and critical essays, as well as translations of canonical works of fiction into Portuguese. His own writing has been translated into English, Spanish, Italian, and Dutch. Poesia Completa 1940-2004, an anthology of his poetry, was published in 2004.
RANDALL KENAN is the author of two works of fiction, A Visitation of Spirits and Let the Dead Bury Their Dead, and three works of non-fiction, including Walking on Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century and The Fire This Time. He is an associate professor of English at UNC-Chapel Hill.
COLLEEN J. McELROY lives in Seattle, Washington where she is on the faculty of the Department of English at the University of Washington and is editor-in-chief of The Seattle Review. McElroy has published fifteen collections of poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction, and also writes for stage and television. Her most recent publications include A Long Way From St. Louie ( travel memoirs), Driving Under the Cardboard Pines (fiction), Traveling Music (poems), and Over the Lip of the World: Among the Storytellers of Madagascar (field notes and translations of Malagasy poetas and stories, and a finalist for the 2000 PEN USA Research-based Creative Nonfiction category). Winner of the Before Columbus American Book Award, she also has received two Fulbright Fellowships, two NEA Fellowships, a DuPont Fellowship, and a Rockefeller Fellowship. Her work has been translated into Russian, Italian, Arabic, Greek, French, German, Malay, and Serbo-Croatian.
SALVADOR MEDINA BARAHONA is the author of four books of poetry, a book of short essays, and a compilation of Panamanian poetry. He won the Stella Sierra Poetry Prize in 2000 and the Rogelio Sinan Honorable Mention Award in Central American Literature for 2001-2002. Founder and member of the editorial board of the magazine Letras de Fuego, he created and directed the Sunday page of the same name in La Estrella de Panama (Anita Villalaz Distinguished Award, 2004 in the category of cultural contributions) for two years. In June 2005, he launched on Internet poetry magazine el duende gramatico as a space for new poets of Panama and Latin America. His poetry has been translated into French and English. He currently resides in Panama City with his wife, violinist Graciela Nunez.
ERIC NAGAU was born and raised in Guadeloupe, and is one of the French-speaking Caribbean country's leading political cartoonists and illustrators.
MELINDA PALACIO is a 2007 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Rosenthal Fellow. In 2003, she won First Prize in Poetry at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including BorderSenses, Sage Trail, The Valley Voice, Maple Leaf Rag III: An Anthology of Poems, and Latinos in Lotusland: An Anthology of Southern California Literature. She lives in Santa Barbara where she serves as on editor for Ink Byte.
ALEXS PATE is the author of five novels including Finding Makeba, West of Rehoboth, and Amistad: The Novel ( based on the film by Steven Spielberg). In the Heart of the Beat: the Poetry of Rap will be published by Scarecrow Press in 2008. Alexs lives in Minneapolis where he is an assistant professor in the Department of African American and African Studies at the University of Minnesota.
Poetry for ROBERTO SOSA is "the last remaining lighthouse in the universe." Born in 1930 in Yoro, Honduras, a small town famous only for it annual rain of fish, he sold bread on a train at the age of five. His impoverished school had no books, but a teacher hand copied a small anthology of poems for each student, changing Sosa's life forever. Ironically, as his poetry began to win prestigious international prizes, it was banned in Honduras, and he received death threats for his criticism of repressive regimes. Today his books are required reading in Honduran schools, and he has become one of the outstanding literary figures of Central America.
MILAGROS TERAN is a poet and translator from Nicaragua. She is the author of three poetry collections in Spanish: Las Luces en la Sien (1993), Plaza de los Comunes (2001), and Sol Lascivo (2007), the winner of the National Poetry Prize Mariana Sanson 2007 in Nicaragua. She has a Master's degree in literature from the University of Maryland at College Park (1998). She lives in Mozambique.
CAROL THOMPSON joined the High Museum as the Fred and Rita Richman Curator of African Art in September of 2001. Since joining the High, Thompson has curated three major exhibitions: For This World and Beyond: Selections from the Fred and Rita Richman Collection (2002-2003), African Gold from the Glassell Collection: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2004), and Embodying the Sacred in Yoruba Art: Featuring the Bernard and Patricia Wagner Collection (2007-2008). Prior to joining the High, for nine years, from 1987 to 1996, Thompson was with the Museum of African Art, New York City. She is the curator of Memory as Medicine: The Art of on Ancient Soul, Radcliffe Bailey, to open at the High Museum and travel subsequently to additional venues.
PATRICIA JASBEH WESLEY immigrated with her family to the United States during the Liberian civil war. She is the author of three books of poetry: The River is Rising (Autumn House Press, 2007), Becoming Ebony (SIU Press, 2003) and Before the Palm Could Bloom: Poems of Africa (New Issues Press Poetry, 1998). Both her poetry and prose have been published in numerous American and international magazines and anthologies. Her second book Becoming Ebony is a Crab Orchard Award winner. Patricia teaches creative writing and English at Penn State Altoona.
TED WILSON is a writer, producer/promoter and cultural worker. He was a co-founder of Pride magazine and served on the editorial board of Liberator Magazine during the sixties. His work has appeared in numerous periodicals and newspapers including African Voices, NOBO: A Journal of African American Dialogue, Black Voices, Black American Literature Forum, Callaloo, and The Black Nation, as well as anthologies including bum rush the page, Racing & (E)Racing Language: Living with the Color of Our Words, New Rain, Vol. 9: Our Fathers/Ourselves, In Defense of Mumia, Black Fire: Anthology of Afro-American Writing. Wilson's collection of poetry, Slow Dance, was published in 2003. He has hosted a monthly poetry reading series for the past two years at the East Orange Public Library in East Orange, New Jersey. As on arts developer, he is currently involved in developing a Cultural/Arts District in Newark, New Jersey.
SAYA WOOLFALK is a New York based artist who uses a craft-based approach to create all-encompassing imaginary spaces where she playfully reworks naturalized forms of race, gender, sexuality, and power. She completed the Whitney Independent Study Program in Studio 2007, holds an MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA from Brown University. She has exhibited at PSI/MOMA Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City, NY; the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, IN; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, IL; and Momenta Art in Williamsburg, NY. She received a Franklin Furnace Grant (2008), an Art Matters grant to Japan and a NYFA grant (2007), a Fulbright Fellowship to Brazil (2005), a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA grant (2004), was a participant at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Yaddo, Sculpture Space and was a resident artist at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 2008.