Alan Shapiro is author of twelve books of poetry (most recently Reel to Reel, from the University of Chicago Press, and Night of the Republic, from Houghton Mifflin/Harcourt, a finalist for the National Book Award), four books of prose (most recently Broadway Baby, a novel from Algonquin Books). He has published two translations with Oxford University Press, and won numerous awards, including The Kingsley Tufts Award, LA Times Book Prize, an award in literature from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, two NEAs, a Guggenheim, and a Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Award. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Elizabeth T. Gray Jr. is a poet, translator, and corporate consultant. Her work has appeared in Little Star, Talisman, Poetry International, Mantis, Kenyon Review Online, Harvard Review, Beloit Poetry Journal (Chad Walsh Prize), Best New Poets of 2012, and elsewhere. Translations of classical and contemporary Persian poetry include The Green Sea of Heaven: Fifty Ghazals from the Diwan-i Hafiz-i Shiraz (1995) and Iran: Poems of Dissent (2013). Four Way Books will publish her poem cycle SERIES | INDIA in March 2015. She holds a BA and JD from Harvard University, and an MFA from Warren Wilson College and lives in New York City. www.elizabethtgrayjr.com.
A resident of McKinney, Texas, R. Flowers Rivera is a native of Mississippi. She completed a Ph.D. in English at Binghamton University, and an M.A. in English at Hollins University, in addition to an M.S. at Georgia State University and a B.S. at the University of Georgia. Her work has been anthologized in Mischief, Caprice & Other Poetic Strategies and published in journals such as African American Review, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Columbia, Feminist Studies, Obsidian, and The Southern Review. Her short story, “The Iron Bars,” won the 1999 Peregrine Prize. Rivera was a finalist for the May Swenson Award, the Journal Intro Award, the Naomi Long Madgett Award, the Gary Snyder Memorial Award, and the Paumanok Poetry Award, as well as a nominee for The Pushcart Prize. Rivera was awarded the 2009 Leo Love Merit Scholarship in Poetry in association with the Taos Summer Writers Conference.
Jeffrey Renard Allen is the author of two collections of poetry, Stellar Places (Moyer Bell, 2007) and Harbors and Spirits (Moyer Bell, 1999), and two works of fiction, the widely celebrated novel, Rails Under My Back (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2000), which won The Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize for Fiction, and the story collection Holding Pattern (Graywolf Press, 2008), which won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. His other awards include a Whiting Writer’s Award, a support grant from Creative Capital, The Chicago Public Library’s Twenty-first Century Award, a Recognition for Pioneering Achievements in Fiction from the African American Literature and Culture Association, the 2003 Charles Angoff award for fiction from The Literary Review, and special citations from the Society for Midlands Authors and the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation. He has been a fellow at The Dorothy L. and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library, a John Farrar Fellow in Fiction at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and a Walter E. Dakins Fellow in Fiction at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.
Jericho Brown was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and worked as the speechwriter for the Mayor of New Orleans before earning his Ph.D. in creative writing and literature from the University of Houston. He also holds an MFA from the University of New Orleans and a BA from Dillard University. Brown is a recent recipient of the Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland, and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbria, Italy. His poems have appeared in journals and anthologies including The American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry, The Believer, The Boston Review, Fence, jubilat, The Kenyon Review, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Oxford American, Ploughshares, and Tin House. Brown has served as the Director of the Cropper Center for Creative Writing at the University of San Diego, and he is now an assistant professor of poetry at Emory University. His first book, Please, won the American Book Award.
Joe Milazzo is a writer, editor, educator, and designer. He is the author of the novel Crepuscule W/ Nellie (Jaded Ibis Press) and The Habiliments (Apostrophe Books; forthcoming, 2015), a volume of poetry. His writings have appeared in the pages of Black Clock, Black Warrior Review, The Collagist, Drunken Boat, and H_NGM_N, among others. He co-edits the online interdisciplinary arts journal [out of nothing], is a Contributing Editor at Entropy, and is also the proprietor of Imipolex Press. Joe lives and works in Dallas, TX.