Opal Palmer Adisa was born in Jamaica, and is the author of seven books. Her most recent titles are Eros Muse (Africa World Press, 2006), Until Judgment Comes (Peepal Tree Press, 2007), and I Name Me (Peepal Tree Press, 2008.

Kazim Ali’s is the author of two collections of poems, a novel, and a memoir/detective story, he teaches at Oberlin College. In 2009 Wesleyan University Press published his trans-genre intercultural coming of age story, Bright Felon.

Alise Alousi, an Iraqi-American poet, is associate director of Inside Out Literary Arts Project, a creative writing program serving Detroit youth. Her work has appeared in Inclined to Speak: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Poetry.

Lera Auerbach is one of the most widely performed composers of the new generation. A virtuoso performer, Lera Auerbach continues the great tradition of pianist-composers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Auerbach's music is characterized by its stylistic freedom and juxtaposition of tonal and atonal musical language. She was born in Chelyabinsk, a city in the Urals bordering Siberia. Since 1991 she has made New York City her permanent residence, while Hamburg remains her European home. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano and music composition from The Juilliard School. She went on to study at and graduated from the prestigious piano soloist program of the Hannover Hochschule für Musik. Ms. Auerbach’s international acclaim is attributed not only to her musical activities but also to her writing. Her literary works include five published volumes of poetry and prose in Russian. Her poetry is taught in schools and universities in Russia as part of the required reading for modern literature courses. She has recently completed her first stage-play.

Samiya Bashir, of Somali extraction, is the author of Where the Apple Falls: Poems, editor of Best Black Women's Erotica 2 and co-editor of Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art. During her time at Soul Mountain, Samiya put the finishing touches on her latest collection of poems, Gospel, which was published in March, 2009 by RedBone Press.

Kaveh Bassiri was born in Iran and immigrated to the San Francisco Bay area in his early teens. He holds an M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, where he was the editor of the 2006 issue of its graduate literary journal, Lumina. He was a co-curator of the Reading Between A and B reading series and is currently a co-curator of Shab-e She’r, Night of Persian Poetry, at the Bowery Poetry Club. His poetry recently won The Bellingham Review’s 49th Parallel Award.

Laurel Bastien is a student in the MFA program at the University of Wisconson/Madison, where in 2009 she won the August Derleth Prize.

S. Erin Batiste is working on her English undergraduate degree at UCLA and regularly attends workshops at Writing Pad and Generate writing studios in Los Angeles. In 2008 she was a PEN/Rosenthal Emerging Voices Semi-Finalist. In 2009 her poem “Fairy Tale Blues” was published as a miniature book, #923 of the POEMS-FOR-ALL series of 24th Street Irregular Press.

Tamiko Beyer is pursuing an M.F.A. in the Writing Program at Washington University in St. Louis. She is a Kundiman Fellow and has published poems in various journals, as well as in the anthology Cheers to Muses: Contemporary Work by Asian American Women.

Tara Betts holds an M.F.A. from New England College, and in addition to being a lecturer in creative writing at Rutgers University, leads writing workshops with teens in various community settings. Her book Arc and Hue was published in 2009 by Aquarius Press.

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 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. His second, Flood Song, will be published in October, 2009 by Copper Canyon Press.

Garrett Burrell holds an M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College. He reads/edits poetry for an online art and popular culture venue, At-Large Magazine. He keeps his books in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Hayan Charara, the author of two books of poems and the editor of Inclined to Speak (University of Arkansas Press, 2008), the ground-breaking anthology of contemporary Arab American Poetry, is a Ph.D. candidate in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston, and the recipient of a 2009 writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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. She holds an M.F.A. from the University of California at Riverside. She has published poems in many journals and performed them in venues all over the U.S. Ching-In is the author of The Heart’s Traffic: A Novel in Poems (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press, 2009).

Carleasa Coates is a writer and trial lawyer who lives in Washington, D.C.

Curtis Crisler is a lecturer at the University of Indiana, Purdue/Fort Wayne. He is the author of Tough Boy Sonatas (Front Street, 2007), and 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.

DeLana R.A. Dameron is the author of How God Ends Us, a collection of poems chosen by Elizabeth Alexander for the 2008 South Carolina Poetry Book Prize. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies. She holds a B.A. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A Cave Canem fellow and amember of the Carolina African American Writer's Collective, Dameron is a native of Columbia, South Carolina.

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.

Nehassaiu DeGannes holds an M.F.A. from Brown University, and is author of Percussion Salt Honey (Providence: Athenaeum 2001), a chapbook of poems which won the Philbrick Poetry Prize.

Meryl DePasquale 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).

Tony Ellis is an Iowa-based poet and freelance writer who has spent more than twenty-five years studying meditation and Vedic philosophy. His first collection of poems, There is Wisdom in Walnuts, won a Chelson publishing scholarship from 1st World Literary Society in 2004. His second collection of spiritual verse The Morning Tree: Poems and Personal Reflections on Moving Closer to God was completed at Soul Mountain Poetry Retreat and is forthcoming.

Jennifer Foerster is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma and lives in San Francisco. She is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts and holds an M.F.A. 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 is currently a Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. She has been published in Red Ink, Tribal College Journal, Shenandoah, Atlantis, The Cream City Review, Ploughshares, Passages North, and To Topos: Poetry International.

Santee G. Frazier is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He holds a B.F.A. from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an M.F.A. from Syracuse University. He is the recipient of various awards including: The Truman Capote Scholarship and a Syracuse University Fellowship. His poems have appeared in various literary journals. His first collection of poems, Dark Thirty, is just out (University of Arizona Press, 2009).

Lisa Freedman graduated from Georgetown University and was diagnosed HIV-positive in 1991. She has developed and taught workshops on writing about illness and has been active in the AIDS Theatre Project. 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, a M.F.A. in Poetry from The American University, Washington D.C., and an M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University. She is a former Undergraduate Research Fellow, a Folger Shakespeare Lannan Fellow, and 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. She is starting a publishing called “Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative.”

Rachel Eliza Griffiths, poet, novelist, and painter/photographer, is a M.F.A. graduate from the Fiction program at Sarah Lawrence College and has an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Delaware. Her work has appeared and/or is forthcoming in many journals. 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. 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.

Allison Hedge Coke is an American Book Award winning author of four books of poetry, including: Blood Run (Salt Publications); Off-Season City Pipe & Dog Road Woman (Coffee House Press); a chapbook: The Year of the Rat; a play: Icicles, and a memoir: Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer (University of Nebraska Press). She has edited seven additional volumes, including Effigies (Salt Publications) and Ahani (University of Arizona and Oregon State University). Hedge Coke is an associate professor who holds the Distinguished Paul & Clarice Reynolds Endowed Chair of Poetry and Writing at the University of Nebraska, Kearney. Hedge Coke is Huron and Cherokee. She is a Center for Great Plains Studies, MacDowell Colony, Hawthornden Castle, and Black Earth Institute Fellow and teaches in MFA programs for Naropa University, The University of California, and The University of Nebraska. For more information see: www.tsalagithinktank.com/?page_id=93, www.unk.edu/fah/english.aspx?id=27130, or  www.hedgecoke.net/

Travis Hedge Coke, winner of Northern Michigan University's Legler Poetry Prize, 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. Travis 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." He edits Future Earth Magazine.

Sarah Heller holds an M.F.A. in Poetry from New York University and is Executive Director of The Authors League Fund.

Lita Hooper is a poet whose work has appeared in several journals and anthologies. She holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, and a D.A. in English and Humanities from Clark Atlanta University. She is currently an Associate Professor of English at Georgia Perimeter College.

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 and editor of an anthology, A Cappella: Mennonite Voices in Poetry.

LeAnne Howe is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. In 2006-2007 she was the John and Renee Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi at Oxford. She was also the screenwriter for “Indian Country Diaries: Spiral of Fire,” a 90-minute PBS documentary released in November 2006. A memoir, it follows Howe’s journeys to the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian Reservation to discover how the tribe’s fusion of tourism, community, and cultural preservation is the key to their health in the 21st century. Along the way Howe seeks to reconcile her own identity as the daughter of a Cherokee father she never knew. Her first novel, Shell Shaker (Aunt Lute Books, 2002 received an American Book Award. Evidence of Red (Salt Publishing, UK, 2006), received the Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry. Her second novel is Miko Kings: an Indian Baseball Story (Aunt Lute Books, 2009). Currently, LeAnne Howe is the Interim Director for American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and teaches in the MFA program in English. She divides her time between her home in Ada, Oklahoma and Urbana, Illinois.

Linda Susan Jackson recently celebrated the publication of her first book of poems, What Yellow Sounds Like.

Tyehimba Jess can be found at www.tyehimbajess.com.

Jacqueline Johnson writes poetry, books for children, non-fiction and fiction. Her book A Gathering of Mother Tongues was the winner of the 1997 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 teaches poetry at Frederick Douglas Creative Arts Center in New York City.

Karma Mayet Johnson is a poet, novelist, and performer who holds an M.F.A. in Poetry from New York University and is a Cave Canem fellow. She teaches Creative Writing at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, NY. Karma has appeared as poet, performing artist, and percussionist at diverse venues, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Joyce Theatre, and the Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival.

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. He reads regularly at Cornelia Street Cafe on Fridays 6-8 p.m. His new book is, Equal to the Earth, was published in 2009 by Bench Press, 2009).

Bonnie Kwong has lived in Wisconsin, Indiana, Hong Kong, and Connecticut. She is a software developer and poet who lives in the East Bay area in California. She has work forthcoming in The Drunken Boat.

Denise Lajimodiere is a Cree/Chippewa educator and poet who teaches at the University of South Dakota in Fargo.

Phyvanh Leukamhan was born in Champasak, Laos in 1975. She is a Juried Artist with the Vermont Arts Council. She has been writing poetry for performances and exhibits throughout New England for over ten years.)

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. In 2009-2010 she will be the Elma Stuckey Emerging Poet-in-Residence at Columbia College in Chicago.

April Lindner is an associate professor of English at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. Her poetry collection, Skin, received the 2002 Walt McDonald first book poetry prize from Texas Tech University Press. Her poems have appeared in many journals. With R. S. Gwynn, she co-edited Contemporary American Poetry, published in 2004, in Longman's Penguin Academics series.

Chip Livingston, a southern, gay, mixed-blood Creek poet and fiction writer, has published fiction, poetry, and essays in numerous journals. 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.

Audrey McCain is a special education teacher in Edgefield, SC, and an emerging poet.

Devorah Major is former Poet Laureate of San Francisco. She has traveled widely, and is the author or editor of many books of fiction,science-fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. Some of her most recent books include The Other Side of the Postcard (City Lights Foundation, 2005), Brown Glass Windows (Curbstone Press, 2008) and Ice Journeys (Night Shade Books, 2009).

Lara Mann is of English, Irish, Choctaw, French, German, Scottish, Spanish, Cherokee, and Welsh descent. She is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, a native of Kansas, and a University of Kansas alumnus. She holds an M.F.A. in poetry writing from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Dante Micheaux has taught poetry at the Frederick Douglas Creative Arts Center in New York and he has been a guest poet of the LouderArts Project, The Church of St. John the Divine, the Publishing Triangle and City X-Posed. He is a member of the John Donne/George Herbert Poetry Society and his work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. A Cave Canem fellow, his other honors include a prize in poetry from the Vera List Center for Art & Politics and the Oscar Wilde Award.  Micheaux holds an M.F.A. from New York University and lives in London.

Michael Montlack holds a B.A. in creative writing from Hofstra,an MA in English and Writing from San Francisco State University, and an M.F.A. in Poetry from New School University. He currently teaches in Manhattan at Berkeley College. His work has appeared in manymanymanymany journals. He has published two chapbooks of poems, Cover Charge (Gertrude Press, 2007) and Girls, Girls, Girls (Pudding House, 2008) and edited a collection of essays, My Diva: 65 Gay Men and the Women Who Inspire Them (University of Wisconsin Press, 2009).

Kristen Muir is a student in the M.F.A. Program at the University of Wisconsin/Madison.

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 University of California Press, 2002), Blues Baby, (Bucknell University Press, 2002), Muse & Drudge , (Singing Horse, 1995), and S*PeRM**K*T. 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 is an Afro-Chicano poet and playwright, originally from Los Angeles, CA. He is a Cave Canem fellow and a graduate of New York University’s M.F.A. program in creative writing. A coach of Washington, 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 has been a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA and Elma Stuckey Emerging Poet-in-Residence at Columbia College in Chicago. He is the author of the chapbook, Aluta, and the forthcoming collection of essays, A Poet in Havana, both from ZuluAzteca Press.

Sarah Nelson grew up in Denver, Colorado and completed undergraduate work in English at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She holds an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in Los Angeles where she is pursuing a career in grant writing for the non-profit sector.

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.

Grace Ocasio has published poetry in several journals. She lives in Charlotte, NC.

Matthew Olzmann was a 2006 and 2007 Kundiman Fellow. His poetry has been published or is forthcoming in The American Poetry Journal, Atlanta Review, 88, Minnesota Review, Pebble Lake Review and elsewhere. He is currently a student in the M.F.A. Program for Writers at Warren Wilson.

Shin-Yu Pai is the author of several books and chapbooks. She can be found at www.shinyupai.com/.

Soham Patel's work can be found in Copper Nickel, Cranky, SHAMPOO, Stirring, and other places. She teaches writing at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs.

Eleanor Paynter holds an M.F.A. in poetry at Sarah Lawrence College. She grew up in Texas and lived in Atlanta and Rome, Italy before coming to New York.

Inge Pedersen is a Danish poet who has published four collections of poetry, two volumes of short stories, and two novels. The winner of many Danish and Scandinavian literary prizes and fellowships, she lives in Jutland. She and Marilyn Nelson translated together the poems in The Thirteenth Month (Oberlin College Press, 2005), the collection of Inge’s poems which won the American Scandinavian Foundation Translation Prize.

Bushra Rehman was born in Brooklyn and has lived in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. She has performed her poetry widely around the U.S. and is a teaching artist for Teachers and Writers Collaborative, Urban Word NYC, and Asian American Writers’ Workshop. She and Daisy Hernandez are the editors of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism (Seal Press, 2002).

Hermine Pinson, poet/performer, short fiction writer, essayist and teacher, is the author of three poetry collections, Ashe (Wings Press, 1992), Mama Yetta and other Poems (Wings Press, 1999), and Dolores is Blue/Dolorez is Blue (Sheep Meadow Press, 2007). She is an associate professor of English at the College of William and Mary.

Elizabeth Quinlan has been a member of the Writers Workshop at the William Joiner Center at UMass Boston for the past ten years. She was an honor student in the Creative Writing Program at UMass and is a graduate of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, where she specialized in Book Art. She is the author of the poetry collection Promise Supermarket (Lulu.com, 2008).

Sarah Rosenthal's poetry has appeared recently or is forthcoming in Fence, 26, and Poetry Salzburg Review. Her interviews with Bay Area writers have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Jacket, and Rain Taxi. Her first book is the proudly misspelled Manhatten (Spyten Duyvil, 2009).

Laura Secord merged her passion for poetry, playwriting and acting in her solo play, “Sanapia's Courage Medicine: A Woman Healer's Life in Poem.” She is the author of the novel, Spinning Bait at the Blues Bass, and the poetry collection, Becoming a Mojo Mamma.

Deema Shehabi is a Kuwaiti-born poet and writer. The daughter of Palestinian parents, she relocated to the United States in 1988. Her poems, for which she has been nominated for a Pushcart prize, have been widely published in literary journals and compiled in anthologies. Currently, Shehabi is working on a collection of poems and is Vice President for the Radius of Arab-American Writers (RAWI).

Cherene Sherrard earned her Ph.D. in English at Cornell University, and is a Cave Canem Fellow. Her critical work, poetry and prose have been published in several journals.

Samantha Thornhill, a native of Trinidad and Tobago and a Cave Canem Fellow, holds an M.F.A. from the University of Virginia, and is an internationally recognized performance poet who has published poems in many journals. She is the author of the picture book, Little Odetta (Scholastic, 2009), the young adult novel, Seventeen Seasons (Dial, 2009), and of Everybody Hates School Presentations (Simon & Schuster, 2008), part of the “Everybody Hates Chris” paperback series.

Venus Thrash received a B.A. in Literature and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from American University. Her poetry has been published in Gargoyle, Catalyst, Beltway Quarterly, and other literary journals. Her short story, Cast Away Stones appears in Enhanced Gravity, an anthology of fiction by women.

Amy Uyematsu, a 3rd generation Japanese American, taught math in public high schools in Los Angeles until her recent retirement. She has three published poetry collections: 30 Miles from J-Town (Story Line Press, 1992, winner of the 1992 Nicholas Roerich Prize); Nights of Fire, Nights of Rain (Story Line Press, 1998), and Stone Bow Prayer (Copper Canyon, 2005).

Molly Lynn Watt worked for 45 years with schools for better education and with communities organizing for peace, justice, and civil rights. She retired a few years ago to devote full time to writing. She curates the Fireside Reading and is the poetry editor of HILR Review and three anthologies of Bagels with the Bards. With her husband, she co-created and performs “George & Ruth: Songs and Letters of the Spanish Civil War,” live and on CD. Ibbetson Street Press published her book of poems, Shadow People, in 2007.

Michael Afaa Weaver can be found at www.afaamweaver.com.

Carolyn Beard Whitlow has been a professor of English at Guilford College since 1993, and is an accomplished quilter. Her books are Wild Meat (Lost Roads, 1986) and Vanished (Lotus Press, 2006, winner of the 2006 Naomi Long Madgett Award). She has published in a variety of anthologies and journals andand has earned several prizes for her poetry, and awards for excellence in teaching.

Orlando White is Diné (Navajo) from Sweetwater, Arizona. He is of the Zuni Water Edge People and born for the Mexican Clan. He holds a B.F.A. in creative writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an M.F.A. from Brown University. His first book is Bone Light (Red Hen Press, 2009). He lives in Santa Fe, NM and teaches at The Art Center Design College and at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Bakar Wilson is a Cave Canem fellow, and has performed his work at the Bowery Poetry Club, Poetry Project, The Studio Museum of Harlem, and The Asian-American Writer's Workshop among others.  His poetry has appeared in The Vanderbilt Review, three Cave Canem anthologies, The Lumberyard, and Stretching Panties.  A native of Tennessee, Bakar lives in New York City and teaches English at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn.

For several summers, Marilyn’s sister, Jennifer Nelson, an actor/director based in Washington, D.C., has hosted an annual one-week summer retreat at Soul Mountain for emerging African American playwrights. Soul Mountain playwriting alumni are:
Kara Lee Corthron
Reggie Edmund (on a grant from Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival)
Caleen Sinnette Jennings
Jacqueline E. Lawton (dramaturg) (2 times)
Malcolm Pelles’ plays have been produced at the Atlantic Theatre, the Belt Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Source, HERE Arts Center, Sarah Lawrence College and Barnard College. In 1998, his play CROSSROADS was a finalist for the Young Playwrights Festival National Playwriting Competition. His monologue, PANTHERS, POLICE AND BABY MAMMAS can been found in Monologues For and By Men, Volume 2 (published by Heinemann). Mr. Pelles’ short film, REPRESENTATIVE EARL HARRIS, won the 2001 San Antonio Juneteenth Film Festival (Best Short Film) and the 2002 Harvard Black Film Festival (Best Feature-Over 10-Minutes). He received his B.F.A. in Film Production from the Florida State University School of Motion Picture, Television, and Recording Arts, and his M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Sherri Shepherd- Massat
David Emerson Toney (2 times)