Brandi Wilkins Catanese is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley in the Departments of African American Studies and Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies. She writes and teaches about race and the politics of representation, and is the author of The Problem of the Color[blind]: Racial Transgression and the Politics of Black Performance.
Bernard Clay is a Louisville, Kentucky, native who received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Kentucky, and is a member of the Affrilachian Poets collective. His work has been published in various journals and anthologies. He currently resides on a farm in eastern Kentucky. English Lit is his first book.
Jamaica Baldwin hails from Santa Cruz, CA by way of Seattle. Her first book, Bone Language, will be published by YesYes Books in 2023. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Adroit Journal, Guernica, and The Missouri Review, among others. She is a 2021 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and winner of the 2021 RHINO Poetry Editors’ Prize. Jamaica is currently pursuing her PhD in English at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with a focus on poetry and Women’s and Gender Studies.
Daniel Peña is a Pushcart Prize-winning writer and Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of North Texas. Formerly, he was based out of the UNAM in Mexico City where he worked as Fulbright-García Robles Scholar. A graduate of Cornell University and a former Picador Guest Professor in Leipzig, Germany, his writing has appeared in Ploughshares, The Rumpus, Kenyon Review, Texas Monthly, NBC News, and the New York Times Magazine among other venues. He’s currently a regular contributor to the Guardian. His novel, Bang, is out now from Arte Publico Press. He lives in beautiful Houston, Texas.
Leora Zeitlin is an editor, publisher, writer, and radio host. She is co-director of Zephyr Press, an award-winning press based in Boston that mainly publishes contemporary poetry and prose in translation from Russia, Eastern Europe, Asia and elsewhere. She has been involved with Zephyr since its founding in 1980. Leora has also hosted her own classical music radio show, “Intermezzo,” on KRWG Public Media in Las Cruces, New Mexico, since 2000. Many of her award-winning interviews can be found at krwg.org. She lives in Las Cruces with her family.
Huascar Medina is the current Poet Laureate of Kansas (2019-2022), literary editor for seveneightfive magazine, creator/host of Kansas is Lit on 785live.com, and a staff editor at South Broadway Press. He’s published two collections of poetry Un Mango Grows in Kansas and How to Hang the Moon. His words have appeared in the New York Times, Latino Book Review, Flint Hills Review, and elsewhere.
Anne Kniggendorf is a staff writer and editor for the Kansas City Public Library and the author of Secret Kansas City and Kansas City Scavenger. She’s a regular contributor to KCUR 89.3 (Kansas City’s NPR affiliate), produces LitHub’s Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, and has bylines in most local publications. Her work has also appeared on NPR, in the Smithsonian Magazine, Publisher’s Weekly, the Saturday Evening Post, and numerous literary journals, and book reviews.
Ansel Elkins is the author of Blue Yodel, winner of the 2014 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. Her poems have appeared in The American Scholar, The Believer, Oxford American, Parnassus, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, the American Antiquarian Society, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, as well as a “Discovery”/Boston Review Prize. She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Berea College.
Ralph Eubanks is a writer and essayist whose work focuses on race, identity, and the culture and literature of the American South. He is the author of three books: A Place Like Mississippi: A Journey Through A Real and Imagined Literary Landscape; Ever Is a Long Time: A Journey into Mississippi’s Dark Past; and The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South. Eubanks has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and was a National Fellow at New America, and his writing has been published in the American Scholar, the New Yorker, and Vanity Fair. He is a visiting professor of English and Southern studies at the University of Mississippi and a 2021-2022 Harvard Radcliffe Institute Fellow.