Yuri Herrera (Actopan, México, 1970). Has written three novels, all of them translated into several languages: Kingdom Cons, Signs Preceding the End of the World, and Transmigration of Bodies; which have been published in English by And Other Stories. In 2016 he shared with translator Lisa Dillman the Best translated Book Award for the translation of Signs Preceding the End of the World. His latest books are A Silent Fury: The El Bordo Mine Fire and the short story collection Diez planetas. He is currently an associate professor at Tulane University, in New Orleans.
Sarah M. Miller holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and is Assistant Adjunct Professor of Art History at Mills College, Oakland, CA. A specialist in the history of photography, modern art, and American art, her work focuses on the invention, contestation, and multiplicity of “documentary” as a key concept in American photography. Selected publications include essays in Subjective/Objective: A Century of Social Photography, eds. Donna Gustafson and Andres Mario Zervigon (Zimmerli Art Museum/Hirmer, 2017) and Berenice Abbott, ed. Gaëlle Morel (Hazan/Jeu de Paume/Ryerson Image Centre, 2012). Her reviews, criticism, and interviews have appeared in Aperture, Critical Inquiry, Études Photographiques, Artforum, Photography & Culture, caa.reviews, and at SF Camerawork. Her work has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Council on Library & Information Resources, and the Center for Creative Photography, among others. Sarah’s book reconstructing the lost manuscript of Changing New York and analyzing its significance for a revised history of documentary photography in the 1930s is forthcoming from Ryerson Image Centre and the MIT Press, in partnership with the Museum of the City of New York.
Legs McNeil is co-author of Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, and is the coauthor (with Peter Pavia and Jen Osborne) of The Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry. He was the former Resident Punk at Punk magazine, and a senior editor at Spin.
Iris McCloughan is a trans* artist, performer, and writer. Their performance work has been presented in NYC (JACK, CATCH series, Ars Nova), Philadelphia (Institute of Contemporary Art, The Barnes Foundation / Philadelphia Contemporary, FringeArts, Vox Populi), Chicago (Links Hall), Los Angeles (PURE O) and elsewhere. Iris was the winner of the 2018 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from the American Poetry Review. Their chapbook No Harbor was the winner of the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Chapbook Series, administered by L+ S Press. Their poetry has appeared American Poetry Review, juked, Gertrude, and decomP, among others. Since 2014 Iris has collaborated with Eiko Otake as a performer and dramaturg for various projects. Iris has also collaborated with many other artists and ensembles, including Avery Z. Nelson, Julie Mayo, Leslie Rogers, Jaime Maseda, and Mel Krodman.
An Anishinabe poet and novelist, Gordon Henry, Jr. is an enrolled member of the White Earth Chippewa Tribe of Minnesota. His poetry has been published in anthologies such as Songs From This Earth On Turtle’s Back: Contemporary American Indian Poetry (1983) and Returning the Gift: Poetry and Prose from the First Native American Writers(1994). His novel The Light People (1994) was awarded The American Book Award in 1995. He has also co-authored the textbook The Ojibway (2004), to which he contributed a number of essays on Native American culture. Currently, Henry serves as the director of the creative writing program. He teaches courses in American literature, creative writing, and American Indian literature.
Nicole R. Fleetwood is a writer, curator, and professor of American Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Her books are Marking Time: Art in the Era of Mass Incarceration (forthcoming), On Racial Icons: Blackness and the Public Imagination (2015), and Troubling Vision: Performance, Visuality, and Blackness (2011). She is co-editor of Aperture magazine’s “Prison Nation,” a special issue focusing on photography’s role in documenting mass incarceration. Fleetwood has co-curated exhibitions on art and mass incarceration at the Andrew Freedman Home, Aperture Foundation Galleries, Cleveland Public Library, Zimmerli Museum, and the Urban Justice Center. Her work has been supported by fellowships and awards from the NYPL’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, ACLS, Whiting Foundation, Ford Foundation, Schomburg Center for Scholars-in-Residence, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the NEH.
Caroline Bergvall is an award-winning poet and sound artist, of French-Norwegian background based in London, UK. She works across artforms, media and languages; and outputs alternate between books, collaborative performances and language installations. Her pieces and essays have been translated into many languages. Her publications include Drift (recipient of the Cholmondeley Award for Poetry, 2017), Meddle English: New and Selected Texts (recently translated into French: L’Anglais Mêlé, 2018), a collection of early interdisciplinary pieces Fig (2005) as well as the DVD Ghost Pieces: five language-based installations (2010). She is the first recipient of the Art Literary prize Prix Littéraire Bernard Heidsieck-Centre Pompidou, Paris (2017). Recent commissions include the multi-voice work Conference of the Birds, Dublin ILF (2019); and the broadcast soundwork Oh My Oh My for Documenta14, Kassel/Athens (2017). She was the director of Performance Writing at Dartington College of Arts (1995–2000), co-Chair of the MFA in Writing, Bard College (2005–2007) and Judith E. Wilson Fellow in Poetry and Drama at the University of Cambridge (2012–2013). Currently Visiting Professor in Medieval Studies at King’s College London. Forthcoming Autumn 2019: Alisoun Sings (Nightboat), the final book in her trilogy of pieces inspired by medieval and contemporary sources.
Victor Hernández Cruz was born in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico and began writing as a teenager in New York City. Cruz completed his first collection of verses, Papo Got His Gun, and Other Poems (1966), in his teens and published Snaps (Random House) at age 20. He is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Beneath the Spanish (Coffee House Press, 2017); In the Shadow of Al-Andalus (Coffee House Press, 2011); The Mountain in the Sea (Coffee House Press, 2006); and Maraca: New and Selected Poems 1965-2000 (Coffee House Press, 2001), which was selected for the shortlist of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and the International Griffin Poetry Prize. Cruz’s poetry has been translated into French, Greek, Dutch, Chinese, Russian, Catalan, Japanese, and Swiss, and he has read his work in Colombia, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Jordan, France, the Netherlands, Germany, the UK, Spain, and Morocco.
Cruz is the recipient of numerous awards including a Fulbright Scholarship, the Guggenheim Fellowship and the New York Poetry Foundation Award. Cruz divides his time between Morocco and Puerto Rico.
Andrei Codrescu (http://www.codrescu.com/) is the author of poetry, fiction, and essays. He is the founder of Exquisite Corpse: A Journal of Life & Letters (1983-2016) http://www.corpse.org/. His book, So Recently Rent a World: New & Selected Poems, 1968-2012, was a National Book Award nominee. Codrescu has been a commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered since 1983, has received a Peabody award for his film Road Scholar, and the Ovidius Prize in poetry. He has reported for NPR and ABC News from Romania and Cuba. Codrescu is Disinguished Professor Emeritus at Louisiana State University. He lives in New Orleans, the Ozarks, and New York.
Liz Howard’s debut collection Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent won the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the 2015 Governor General’s Award for poetry. Her recent work has appeared in Poetry Magazine, The Fiddlehead and Best Canadian Poetry 2018. Howard received an Honours Bachelor of Science with High Distinction from the University of Toronto, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. She is of mixed settler and Anishinaabe descent. Born and raised on Treaty 9 territory in northern Ontario, she currently lives in Toronto.
Kate Colby is author of seven books of poetry, including The Arrangements and I Mean, and a new book of critical poem-essays, Dream of the Trenches. She has received awards and fellowships from the Poetry Society of America, Rhode Island State Council for the Arts and Harvard’s Woodberry Poetry Room, and has poems and essays forthcoming in A Public Space, Chicago Review and La Vague. She grew up in Massachusetts and currently lives in Providence, where she sometimes teaches at Brown and is the book editor at Essay Press.
Trace Howard DePass is the author of Self-portrait as the space between us (PANK Books, 2018) and editor of Scholastic’s Best Teen Writing of 2017. He served as the 2016 Teen Poet Laureate for the Borough of Queens. His work has been featured on television and radio—BET Next Level, Billboard, Blavity, and NPR’s The Takeaway—and in print—Anomalous Press, Entropy Magazine, Platypus Press, Split This Rock!, The Other Side of Violet, [SAND] Journal, and Bettering American Poetry (Volume 3). DePass is a Poetry Foundation, Teaching Artist Project, & Poets House Fellow. He works as a teaching artist for the Climate Museum, Urban Word NYC, & Community Word Project.