Mohammed Naseehu Ali, a native of Ghana, is a writer and musician. He is the author of The Prophet of Zongo Street, a short story collection. Ali’s fiction and essays have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Mississippi Review, Bomb, A Gathering of Tribes, Essence, Open City and other publications. He was the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo and The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.
Eve Aschheim is an abstract painter and draftsperson who seeks to create dynamic abstract structures that exist between categories of thought. Her interests do not fall under the categories of image, object or design. She is after something more elusive and less stable—implied motion, states in the midst of change, a fictive reality that exists between multiple visual constructions. An interest in geometry, drawing, and the creation and alteration of pictorial space inform her work.
David Birkin is an artist based in New York. Born in London, he studied anthropology at Oxford University, fine art at the Slade, and was a fellow of the Art & Law Program, and the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
The Cave Canem, Poets House & Serenbe Focus alum, is the author of several books including Redbone (nominated for NAACP Outstanding Literary Works), Dear Twitter: Love Letters Hashed Out On-line, recommended by Small Press Distribution & About.com Best Poetry Books of 2010. Mahogany bridges the gap between lyrical poets and literary emcee. Browne has toured Germany, Amsterdam, England, Canada and recently Australia as 1/3 of the cultural arts exchange project Global Poetics.
Dana Edell, MFA, PhD is an activist-scholar-artist-
Cate Marvin is the author of Fragment of the Head of a Queen and World’s Tallest Disaster both published on Sarabande Books. World’s Tallest Disaster was selected by Robert Pinksky for the Kathryn A. Morton Prize and also received the Kate Tuft’s Discovery Award. She was honored with a Whiting Award for Fragment of the Head of a Queen and was a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow. She teaches in many places including Columbia University’s MFA program and is the co-founder of VIDA, the organization of Women in Literary Publishing.
BA, Harvard University. PhD, Brown University. Special interest in American studies. Author of Winning the Peace: The Marshall Plan and America’s Coming of Age as a Superpower, The Triumph of Meanness: America’s War Against Its Better Self, Their Last Battle: The Fight for the National World War II Memorial, Like a Holy Crusade: Mississippi 1964, The Crowd in American Literature, and American and English Fiction in the Nineteenth Century.
Deak Nabers teaches English at Brown University. He is the author of Victory of Law: The Civil War, the Fourteenth Amendment, and American Literature, 1852-1866. His current book project, entitled The Martial Imagination, examines the impact of nuclear weapons on postwar American liberalism and the rise of postmodernism. He is one of the founders of Post•45, the preeminent academic society devoted to the study of later twentieth-century American literature and culture, and he sits on the board of its journal and its book series
Stephen G. Nichols is James M. Beall Professor Emeritus of French and Humanities, and Research Professor at Johns Hopkins University. He co-founded the electronic journal, Digital Philology, A Journal of Medieval Culture, and Codirects JHU’s Digital Library of Medieval Manuscripts. One of his books, Romanesque Signs, received the Modern Language Association's James Russell Lowell Prize for an outstanding book.