Matthew Burgess & Amaud Jamaul Johnson

Matthew Burgess teaches creative writing and composition at Brooklyn College, and he is a poet-in-residence in New York City public schools with Teachers & Writers Collaborative. His poems have appeared in Lungfull!, Court Green, Hanging Loose, and Ping Pong, and his new collection of poems, Slippers for Elsewhere, was published by UpSet Press. He recently received an award from the Fund for Poetry. Born and raised in Compton, CA, Amaud Jamaul Johnson was educated at Howard University and Cornell University. He is author of two poetry collections, Darktown Follies (Tupelo Press 2013) and Red Summer (Tupelo 2006), selected by Carl Phillips as winner of the Dorset Prize. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford, his honors include fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Cave Canem. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Poetry, Anti-, Indiana ReviewThe Southern ReviewNarrative MagazineQuarterly West, Harvard Review, and Crazyhorse. He teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.