Barry D. Amis was a professor at Michigan State and Purdue universities and a Fulbright scholar in France, Cameroon, and Niger. Currently he lives and writes in Alexandria, Virginia.
Rane Arroyo (1954-2010) began his writing career as a performance artist. He was also a playwright, fiction writer and poet. He taught creative writing at the University of Toledo and served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP). Arroyo's work earned several awards, including the John Ciardi Poetry Prize, the Carl Sandburg Poetry Prize, an Ohio Arts Council Award for Excellence in Poetry, a Pushcart Prize, and the Hart Crane Poetry Prize.
Shanna Greene Benjamin is an assistant professor of English at Grinnell College, where she teaches African American and American literature and culture. Her current research projects include "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: Texts and/as Textiles of African American Women, "Variations on a Theme: Wanda Coleman and the African American Sonnet Tradition," and "A Context for Creation: Kara Walker's Harper's History of the Civil War (Annotated)." She is also at work on a biography of Nellie Y. McKay.
Jonathan Daigle is assistant professor of English at the University of Hartford's Hillyer College. He …