Anthony Barboza began his photographic career in 1963, with the Kamoinge Workshop. In 1969 he opened a studio in New York City to do advertising and editorial spreads for major fashion commercial magazines, which he continues to pursue. He has lectured at the International Center of Photography, Oberlin College, the Museum of the School of Fine Arts of Boston, the Rochester Institute of Technology, the Rhode Island School of Design, and he was a guest instructor at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Mr. Barboza has received grants for photography from the New York State Council of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is included in the permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art NYC, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; the Paul Getty Museum, the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., the University of Ghana, the University of Mexico, The New Jersey State Museum and many others. His current work in progress is entitled Black Dreams/White Sheets.
Peter Wayne Lewis is professor of Painting at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston and former Chairman FA2D. He was born in Kingston, Jamaica West Indies and immigrated to the USA in 1962 and made his home in Sacramento, California. He became a US Naturalized Citizen in 1983 and received his Masters of Arts Degree in painting in 1979 from San Jose State University California. He currently resides in South Orange, New Jersey, Boston Massachusetts, and Beijing, China.
Curtis Lyle was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He is a member of the Original Watts Writers Workshop, joining it in 1966 and becoming part of the Los Angles Poetical and Prophetic Renaissance that the group continues to represent. He has taught, lectured, and read his poems in the major intellectual and urban centers in North America. He now lives in St. Louis, MO.
Brenda Marie Osbey is a poet and essayist writing in English and French, and author of a triptych of New Orleans-Kongo operas. A native of New Orleans, she is the recipient most recently of the 2014 Langston Hughes Award, the 2015 Maison Dora Maar Fellowship, and is Poet Laureate Emerita of Louisiana and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University. Her collected poems, All Souls: Essential Poems, was published November 2015.
Kalisha Buckhanon’s novels are Conception (St. Martin’s, 2008) and Upstate (St. Martin’s, 2005), published by John Murray in London and Rouergue in Paris. Her writing awards include an American Library Association Alex Award, Friends of American Writers Award and Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Prose. She has taught creative writing, humanities and English through PEN American Center’s Prison Writing Program, Kankakee Community College and many inner-city schools programs, summer arts camps and library initiatives. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society and Sisters in Crime organization of writers, with appearances for the group as an on-air commentator on Investigation Discovery Channel’s “Deadly Affairs.” Kalisha has an M.F.A in Creative Writing from The New School in New York City, and a B.A. and M.A. in English Language and Literature both from University of Chicago.
Colin Channer writes novels, novellas, stories, essays, scripts, lists—and lately, poems. He received a 2014 Fellowship in Poetry from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. His first collection, Providential, is forthcoming from Akashic Books (U.S.) and Peepal Tree (Great Britain) in 2015. He’s served as Fannie Hurst Writer in Residence at Brandeis University and Newhouse Professor in Creative Writing at Wellesley College.
Parneshia Jones is recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award and the Aquarius Press Legacy Award. She is published in several anthologies including She Walks in Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems, edited by Caroline Kennedy and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, edited by Nikky Finney. Jones is a member of the Affrilachian Poets and serves on the board of Cave Canem and Global Writes. Her poetry has been commissioned by Art for Humanity in South Africa, Shorefront Legacy, and featured on Chicago Public Radio. Jones studied creative writing at Chicago State University, earned an MFA from Spalding University, and studied publishing at Yale University. Her first collection of poetry, Vessel, is from Milkweed Editions (April 2015). Jones currently holds positions as Sales and Subsidiary Rights Manager and Poetry Editor for Northwestern University Press.
A two-Emmy award winning television journalist, Felipe Luciano was the first Puerto Rican anchor for WNBC and the first reporter to live the story, locking himself in for a week at Riker’s Island and reporting “live” every day, committing himself to spending a week reporting “live” on the condition of mental patients at the old Creedmoor Mental Hospital in Queens, New York, and joining the Marine Corps at Paris Island, in Beauford, South Carolina, to report on the rigors of basic training. He is a lay ethnomusicologist and talk show host with radio credits from the former WRVR Jazz Radio to WBLS to WLIB to WBAI in NYC. In May of 2014, he earned a Master’s degree in Christianity and Social Justice from Union Theological Seminary and is currently lecturing and working on publishing his memoirs and poetry.
Anthony Ramos is a performance and media artist, known best for using his art for political activism in the 1970s. Ramos pioneered the use of video art as a means of commenting on and criticizing mass media through appropriating and distorting found footage and images. In his own words, his works “attempt to develop a different perception of events” from “mass mediated ‘truth’.” He is particularly interested in African-American identity, global crises, and the dissemination of news through television. In addition to his artistic pursuits, Ramos has also served as a video consultant to the United Nations and National Council of Churches. Late in his career, Ramos has shifted to painting as his primary medium.
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Matthew Shenoda is a writer and educator whose poems and writings have appeared in a variety of newspapers, journals, radio programs and anthologies. He has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize and his work has been supported by the California Arts Council and the Lannan Foundation among others. His debut collection of poems, Somewhere Else (Coffee House Press), was named one of 2005’s debut books of the year by Poets & Writers Magazine and was winner of a 2006 American Book Award. He is also the author of Seasons of Lotus, Seasons of Bone (BOA Editions Ltd.), editor of Duppy Conqueror: New & Selected Poems by Kwame Dawes, and most recently author of Tahrir Suite: Poems (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press). Shenoda lectures widely and has taught extensively in the fields of ethnic studies and creative writing. The former Assistant Provost for Equity & Diversity and faculty in the School of Critical Studies at California Institute of the Arts, he is currently Associate Professor & Interim Chair of the Department of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago. Additionally, Shenoda has served on the Board of Directors of several arts and education organizations and is a founding editor of the African Poetry Book Series. He lives with his family in Chicago.
Dr. Rhodes is Dean for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and Professor and Chair of American Studies at Macalester College. She earned B.S. and M.A. degrees from Syracuse University, and a Ph. D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Rhodes specializes in the study of race, gender and mass media; the black press; and media and social movements. Prior to joining the Macalester faculty, Rhodes taught in the Ethnic Studies Department at the University of California, San Diego. She has also been on the faculties of Indiana University and S.U.N.Y. Cortland. Rhodes’ first book Mary Ann Shadd Cary: The Black Press and Protest in the Nineteenth Century (Indiana University Press, 1998), was named the best book in mass communication history by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Her new book, Framing the Black Panthers: The Spectacular Rise of a Black Power Icon (The New Press) was published in Fall 2007. Rhodes was featured in the award-winning documentary The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords (California Newsreel), and has been the recipient of a President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship from the University of California, a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, and a research fellowship from the University of London. Her writing has been published in numerous book and journals including The Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, Feminist Media Studies, The Canadian Review of American Studies, Critical Studies in Media Communication, and Media History.
Aracelis Girmay is the author of the poetry collections Teeth & Kingdom Animalia. Teeth was awarded the GLCA New Writers Award & Kingdom Animalia won the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award & was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Girmay is also the author of the collage-based picture book changing, changing. She is the recipient of grants & fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Cave Canem Foundation, & the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. Girmay is on the faculty of Hampshire College’s School for Interdisciplinary Arts & she also teaches poetry in Drew University’s low-residency MFA program.
Lezley Saar was born under the shade of the Watts Towers in Los Angeles, CA. She majored in communications at San Francisco State University. While working at Pacifica radio, KPFA in Berkeley, she began doing illustrations and book covers for writers like Ishmael Reed, who published her illustrated book, “Yolanda and the strange objects”. This evolved into making bookworks: carved out old books with Saar’s paintings and dioramas inserted within. These works as well as large portraits on canvases of old book covers, found paintings and sundry surfaces investigated notions of race, culture, and gender. Saar’s works have been featured in Artforum, Art in America, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Artnews, Time out New York, and XXL. She has exhibited in Germany, Cuba, Bermuda, Australia, New York, San Francisco, and several other cities in the United States. Solo museum exhibits include The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO, The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH, Forum for Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO, Fresno Museum of Art, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Palmer Art Museum, PA, and San Jose Museum of Art. Her works are included in the collections of The Ackland Art Museum, MOCA, Kemper Museum of Art, California African American Museum, and Smith College Museum of Art. She currently lives in Redondo Beach, California.
Yusef Komunyakaa grew up in the deep South during the dawn of the Civil Rights movement. He served a tour of duty in Vietnam, where he was also a writer and the managing editor for the military newspaper, the Southern Cross. He began writing poetry several years after he returned to the United States. By 1979, at the age of 32, Komunyakaa had earned a BA, an MA, and an MFA, and had published two collections of poems, Dedications & Other Darkhorses and Lost in the Bonewheel Factory. The poet Toi Derricote wrote of Komunyakaa: “He takes on the most complex moral issues, the most harrowing ugly subjects of our American life. His voice, whether it embodies the specific experiences of a black man, a soldier in Vietnam, or a child in Bogalusa, Louisiana, is universal. It shows us in ever deeper ways what it is to be human.” Komunyakaa won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Neon Vernacular. He is the Senior Distinguished Poet in the Graduate Writing Program at NYU.
- Symposium on the recent ‘Mammy’ Sculpture of Kara Walker by Paul Carter Harrison, Carol Diehl, Brenda Marie Osbey, Clyde Taylor, Dennis Kardon, and Barbara Lewis
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Ghanaian-born Jamaican poet, Kwame Dawes is the award-winning author of sixteen books of poetry (most recently, Wheels, 2011) and numerous books of fiction, non-fiction, criticism and drama. He is the Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner, and a Chancellor’s Professor of English at the University of Nebraska. Kwame Dawes also teaches in the Pacific MFA Writing program. Dawes’ book, Duppy Conqueror: New and Selected Poems was published by Copper Canyon in 2013.
Marcus J. Guillory is one of the most talented emerging writers in America today. His short stories have been published in Outcry Magazine, Secret Attic (UK), and Dogmatika Magazine, among others. Guillory has also produced reality TV shows for E! Network and written the film Karma, Confessions & Holi. Red Now and Laters is his first novel. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet and visual artist. Her literary and visual work has appeared widely. Her fourth collection of poetry, Lighting the Shadow, was published by Four Way Books in 2014. She has received numerous fellowships including Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Vermont Studio Center, Cave Canem Foundation, Millay Colony, and others. Currently, Griffiths teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn.
Linda Janet Holmes is a writer, independent scholar, curator and long-time women’s health activist. Her recently completed book, A Joyous Revolt: Toni Cade Bambara, Writer and Activist, (Praeger Press) was published in 2014. This first biography on a transformative black fiction writer, activist, filmmaker and cultural worker includes previously unpublished letters, journal notes and extensive interviews with Bambara’s family members and friends.
Samira Abbassy was born in Ahwaz, Iran & moved to London, UK as a child. After graduating from Canterbury College of Art, she began showing in London. In 1988 she moved to New York to help establish & found the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program, where she cur- rently has a studio & is a lifetime board member. Her NY solo show in 2007 was reviewed by Benjamin Genocchio in the New York Times and by Ariella Budek in Newsday. In Sept/Oct 2012, Nisa Qasi interviewed Abbassy for the Financial Times lifestyle section. Her work is shown internationally & has been acquired for private & public collections, including: the Metropolitan Museum, the British Government Art Collection, the British Museum, the Burger Collection, the Donald Rubin collection (Rubin Museum, NY), the Farjaam Collection, Dubai, the Devi Foundation, India & the Omid foundation, Iran. Her awards include: a Yaddo residency fellowship in 2006, a NYFA in 2007 & a Joan Mitchell Painting/Sculpture award in 2010. In April 2012 she was the artist in residence at the University of Virginia & has recently been nominated for the Jameel Prize.
Meena Alexander was born in India and brought up there and in Sudan. Her new book of poems is Birthplace with Buried Stones (TriQuarterly Books/ Northwestern University Press). She is Distinguished Professor of English at Hunter College and the Graduate Center.
Paul Carter Harrison is an award winning playwright/ director/dramaturg and theatre theorist whose work has been produced and published in both Europe and the United States. He has had a long artistic association, as writer/director, with the Negro Ensemble Company which had produced his signature Obie Award play, the great macdaddy. A recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship for American Playwriting, a National Endowment of the Arts Playwrights Fellowship, and two Meet-the Composer/Reader’s Digest Commissions, Harrison is also the author of The Drama of Nommo, his theoretical essays that have had a seminal influence in the exploration of ritual stylization for many contem- porary practitioners of Black Theatre. As co-editor, he has collected a volume of essays in Black Theatre: Ritual performance in the African Diaspora that has expanded the aesthetics of Black Theatre practice. Having retired from Columbia College Chicago in 2002, Harrison currently resides in Panama while serving as Visiting Artist/ Scholar at Emory University where he guides a research project oncritical vocabulary for african diasporic expressivity.
Randall Horton is the recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Bea Gonzalez Poetry Award and most recently a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Literature. A Cave Canem Fellow, a member of the Affrilachian Poets and a member of the Symphony: The House that Etheridge Built. Mr. Horton is Assistant Professor of English at the University of New Haven. Triquarterly/Northwestern University published his poetry collection Pitch Dark Anarchy in Spring 2013.
Robert Irving III completes a distinguished lineage of post-bop pianists/composers who collaborated with the legendary Miles Davis. Irving’s composition “Space” inspired Davis’ comeback in 1979. He soon evolved into the roles of Davis’ producer, musical director and film composer to become the jazz icon’s longest collaborator (1979-1988).
Ed Pavlic is the author of five previous books, including Winners Have Yet to Be Announced: A Song for Donny Hathaway and Paraph of Bones & Other Kinds of Blue. His awards include the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize. In 2012 he was a fellow at Harvard University’s W.E.B. DuBois Institute. Mr. Pavlic teaches at the University of Georgia and lives in Athens, Georgia.