Kaveh Basiri will soon complete an MFA at Sarah Lawrence College. He lives in New York, where he is co-curator of the Reading Between A and B reading series (www.readab.com) in the East Village.
Sherwin Bitsui is Dine of the Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for the Tl’izilani (Many Goats Clan). He holds an AFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts (www.iaia.edu/) Creative Writing Program and is currently completing his studies at the University of Arizona. He is the recipient of the 2000-01 Individual Poet Grant from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry, the 1999 Truman Capote Creative Writing Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Literary Residency Fellowship and a 2006 Whiting Writers Award. His first book is Shapeshift (www.bitsui.com/shapeshift.php).
Ching-In Chen is the daughter of immigrants and a proud Kundiman Asian American Poet Fellow. Past occupations include karaoke singer, flautist, 1st grade literacy teacher, community organizer, construction job counselor, and a severely lost person in the Rocky Mountains. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in CRATE, Tea Party, Fifth Wednesday Journal, OCHO and Yellow as Turmeric, Fragrant as Cloves. She is an MFA candidate at the University of California at Riverside. She can be reached at www.myspace.com/chingin.
Curtis Crisler is a limited-term lecturer at the University of Indiana, Purdue/Fort Wayne. He is the author of one book, Tough Boy Sonata (Front Street, 2007). He has recently published in Elixir, Reverb, The Ringing Ear: Anthology, L’intrigue: Nature Anthology, Attic, The Fourth River, and Only The Sea Keeps: Poetry of the Tsunami.
Kwame Dawes can be found at www.kwamedawes.com.
Carl Dean is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, and now teaches performance poetry. He has performed at numerous poetry venues, schools, youth centers and correctional facilities. He is the self-published author of one book of poetry. He has a poem featured in an Essence Magazine Best Seller Novel by Jamise Dames.
Nehassaiu DeGannes holds an MFA from Brown University, and is author of Percussion Salt Honey (Providence: Athenaeum 2001), a chapbook of poems which won her the Philbrick Poetry Prize.
Meryl DePasquale has been writing poetry since she was a child. She is a recent graduate of Central Connecticut State University with an English major and a concentration in Creative Writing (poetry). She is currently a substitute teacher for the city of New Haven as well an editorial assistant to Ravi Shankar for Contemporary Voices from the East: An Anthology of Poems (Fall 2007).
Jennifer Foerster is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts and holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College. She has been the recipient of the Truman Capote Fellowship, the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony Fellowship, the Naropa Summer Writing Program Fellowship, and the Vermont Studio Center Mill Atelier Fellowship. She has been published in Red Ink, Tribal College Journal, Shenandoah, Atlantis, The Cream City Review, Ploughshares, Passages North, and To Topos: Poetry International. She is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma and lives in San Francisco.
Lisa Freedman graduated from Georgetown University in 1985. She has developed and taught workshops on writing about illness and finished the second draft of her memoir. She is published in Art & Understanding (“Last Night on Earth No. 56 and “Love is Not Protection,” March/April 1997), POZ Magazine (articles for and about people living with HIV/AIDS, October – December 1996), and The New York Times, City Section (“A Test of Determination: For an AIDS Patient Termed ‘Low Risk,’ A Diagnosis Was Elusive,” April 14, 1996).
Ebony Noelle Golden is a poet and teacher currently residing in Durham, North Carolina. She earned a B.A. in English Literature from Texas A&M University, College Station, and a M.F.A. in Poetry from The American University, Washington DC. She is a former Undergraduate Research Fellow, a Folger Shakespeare Lannan Fellow, and an Atlantic Center for the Arts Associate Artist, and a Writer-in-Residence for the DC Writers’ Corps. Her poetry has been published in Warpland, Elysium, and Tribes Magazine. www.myspace.com/mamashieroglyphics
Rachel Eliza Griffiths, poet, novelist, and painter/photographer, is a MFA graduate from the Fiction program at Sarah Lawrence College and has a Masters in English Literature from the University of Delaware. Her work has appeared and/or is forthcoming in Harpur Palate, Gathering of the Tribes, Inkwell, Sable Lit Mag, x magazine, JMWW, and many others. She is the recipient of the 2004 Africana Homestead Legacy Award (First Place in the Short Story category) and also earned a 2002 Honorable Mention from the Hurston/Wright Foundation Award for her novel excerpt (Promise). She was awarded the 2005 Smith-Shonubi Scholarship to attend the New York State Writers Institute Summer Program. She lives in New York City.
Tracie Hall’s poetry, short stories, essays and articles have appeared in national literary and professional journals. Born in South Los Angeles, she is the author of “Making the Starting Line-Up: Best Practices for Diversity at the Center of Your Library” in Achieving Diversity: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians (eds. Barbara I. dewey and Loretta Parham. Neal-Schuman, Fall 2006) The recipient of many awards for writing and community engagement, Tracie now lives in Chicago where she works for the American Library Association.
Lorraine Harell is a poet, writer, playwright, community activist, and educator. She has worked as a journalist for the Chicago Tribune’s “Tempo Woman”. She was awarded a Warner Bros. T.V. sitcom fellowship and also was the recipient of the 2005 Illinois Arts Council Finalist fellowship for her poetic biography of Lorraine Hansberry, Crown Her With Sky.
Loraine Healey is a poet, playwright, community activist who lives in Chicago.
Winner of Northern Michigan University’s Legler Poetry Prize, Travis Hedge Coke (Cherokee) has published prose and poetry in several journals, has written for several production companies, and has two novels near completion and a short story being adapted for the stage. Hedge Coke is currently a graduate student at the University of California, Palm Desert, and working on an international production doing rewrites and adjustments on a Young Adult property, “Children of Malivari.”
Sarah Heller holds an MFA in Poetry from New York University and is Executive Director of The Authors League Fund.
Ann Hostetler is Professor and Chair of the English Department at Goshen College, a Mennonite institution. She is the author of a book of poems, Empty Room with Light (www.pandorapressus.com/erw/erw.htm) and editor of an anthology: A Cappella: Mennonite Voices in Poetry (www.goshen.edu/news/bulletin/03dec/01_acapella.php).
Linda Susan Jackson recently celebrated the publication of her first book of poems, What Yellow Sounds Like (www.goshen.edu/news/bulletin/03dec/01_acapella.php). She makes a mean margarita.
Tyehimba Jess can be found at www.tyehimbajess.com
Jacqueline Johnson is a multi-disciplined writer working in the areas of: poetry, books for children, non-fiction and fiction. She is the winner of the 1997 third annual White Pine Press Award for Poetry. She has received awards from the New York Foundation of the Arts, and the Mid-Atlantic Writers Association’s Creative Writing Award in Poetry and is a Cave Canem fellow. She also teaches poetry at Frederick Douglas Creative Arts Center in New York City.
Nzadi Keita has published poems in several anthologies, and is polishing her book-length poetry collection about Anna Murray Douglass.
Jee Leong Koh grew up in Singapore, read English at Oxford and completed his Creative Writing MFA at Sarah Lawrence College. Jee lives in Woodside, Queens, and is writing his first book of poetry. He reads regularly at Cornelia Street Cafe on Fridays 6-8 p.m. jeeleong.blogspot.com/
Toni Asante Lightfoot is a poet, teacher, performer, and activist. Born and raised in Washington, DC, She started hosting poetry readings in 1993 and has been active in the performance poetry world in Boston and Chicago.
Sandra Lim was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended Stanford University, and holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Her poems have appeared in several literary journals including Gulf Coast, Colorado Review, American Letters & Commentary, Denver Quarterly, and ZYZZYVA. Her book of poems, Loveliest Grotesque (2006), won the Kore Press First Book Award. She lives in San Francisco. korepress.blogspot.com/2006/11/room-of-ones-own.html
Chip Livingston, a southern, gay, mixed-blood Creek poet and fiction writer, has published fiction in numerous journals including Ploughshares, Cimarron Review, Rosebud, Art and Understanding, and Crazyhorse. His poetry and essays are also widely published. He has taught at the University of the Virgin Islands and the University of Colorado. Chip holds a BS and a BA in English from the University of Florida, and an MA in Fiction Writing from the University of Colorado. He lives in New York City.
devorah major began her poetic career after traveling as a solo and spirited, if not wild, young adult to Bangkok, Kabul, Istanbul, and Paris, funded by dollars earned from saving wages from odd jobs. Though she performed for a time with acting and dance companies, she always found solace in writing during times of quiet, madness, and even celebration. devorah is former Poet Laureate of San Francisco, and some of her most recent works include: The Other Side of the Postcard (2005), where river meets ocean (2003), and with more than tongue (2003).
Born in Florida, adopted by New Yorkers and educated in both New York and California, Michael Montlack has recently completed his MFA thesis, Stigmas and Stonewalls, in Poetry at New School University. He holds a BA in creative writing from Hofstra and an MA in English and Writing from San Francisco State University. He currently teaches in Manhattan at Berkeley College. His work has appeared in New York Quarterly, Mudfish, Christopher Street, Skidrow, Penthouse, Gertrude, New York Native, as well as several other journals.
Harryette Mullen was born in Florence, Alabama, and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. She has worked in the Artists in Schools program sponsored by the Texas Commission on the Arts, and for six years she taught African-American and other U.S. ethnic literatures at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Her books of poetry include Sleeping with the Dictionary (www.ucpress.edu/books/pages/9448.html) University of California Press, 2002), (Blues Baby) (www.bucknell.edu/script/upress/book.asp?id=96 Bucknell University Press, 2002), Muse & Drudge (myweb.brooklyn.liu.edu/bhenning/Review%20of%20Mullen.htm), (Singing Horse, 1995), and S*PeRM**K*T (americanliterature.dukejournals.org/cgi/reprint/77/1/65). Her honors include artist grants from the Texas Institute of Letters and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, the Gertrude Stein Award in Innovative American Poetry, and a Rockefeller Fellowship from the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Women’s Studies at the University of Rochester. Harryette Mullen teaches African-American literature, American poetry, and creative writing in the English Department at the University of California, Los Angeles.
John Murillo an Afro-Chicano poet and playwright, originally from Los Angeles, CA. He is a Cave Canem fellow and a former instructor with DCWritersCorps. A coach of D.C.’s 2001 National Teen Poetry Slam Team, John has performed his own work in venues from The Kaffa House to The Kennedy Center. The 2002 and 2004 winner of the Larry Neal Award for Poetry, John is the author of the chapbook, Aluta, and the forthcoming collection of essays, A Poet in Havana, both from ZuluAzteca Press.
Pam Nomura has lived most of her life alternately in Connecticut and Hawaii, places that appear often in her work. Her book, Water and Land by Turns was published by the Hill-Stead Museum in 2001. Pam teaches poetry throughout Connecticut, where she lives with her husband and son.
DG Nanouk Okpik earned a B.F.A. degree in creative writing in 2006 from the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is Inupiat from Alaska.
Shin-Yu Pai is the author of several books and chapbooks. She can be found at www.shinyupai.com/.
Since her stay at Soul Moutain, Samantha Thornhill (MFA from UVA) has published numerous poems including “Lice” and “Joy” in Crab Orchard Review (2005), and “Bianca” in Indiana Review. In February of 2005, her piece “Star Poets and Poet Stars” was the cover story for Black Issues Book Review. Ms. Thornhill now works as a youth coordinator in Harlem. www.samanthaspeaks.com
Amy Uyematsu is a 3rd generation Japanese American/single working mother/public high school math instructor. She has three published poetry collections including 30 Miles from J-Town (winner of the 1992 Nicholas Roerich Prize); Nights of Fire, Nights of Rain; and Stone Bow Prayer.
Michael Afaa Weaver can be found at www.afaamweaver.com
Carolyn Beard Whitlow has been a professor of English at Guilford College since 1993. Her first book of poetry, Wild Meat was published in 1986 and she has published in a variety of anthologies and journals, including The Kenyon Review, The Massachusetts Review, Indiana Review, African-American Review, Crab Orchard Review and Cold Mountain Review. Ms. Whitlow has earned several prizes for her poetry, and awards for excellence in teaching. She is the winner of the 2006 Naomi Long Madgett award for her book, Vanished.
Orlando White is Dine. He graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts in May, 2006. He is the recipient of a Naropa Poetry Award and his poems (http://exittheapple.com/applesauce/2007/07/orlando-white-two-poems/ ) have appeared in Red Ink, Ploughshares, and 26.