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Roberta Hill is an Oneida poet, ?ction writer and scholar. Her books include Star Quilt, Philadelphia Flowers and forthcoming in 2013, Cicadas: New and Selected Poems, all from Holy Cow! Press. Her poems have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, most recently in Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas (2011) She teaches at UW-Madison and lives on several acres of woods near Barneveld, WI. 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 ?lm composer to become the jazz icon’s longest collaborator (1979-1988). As a musician and as producer of three Grammy award nominated projects, Irving worked closely with countless music greats including, Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter, Ramsey Lewis, Billy Joel, Terri Lyne Carrington, Diane Reeves, David Murray, Doudou N’Diaye Rose, Regina Carter, Gary Bartz, Pharaoh Sanders, John Sco?eld, Kirk Whalum, Sting, Grover Washington Jr, Nona Hendricks, George Duke, Patrice Rushen, Nancy Wilson, Branford Marsalis, Roy Ayers, R. Kelly and served as musical director for Donald Bryd and for the group, Sister Sledge. In 2009 Irving conducted his 34-piece Sonic Portraits Orchestra, in the performance of Sketches of Brazil featuring fellow Miles Davis mentee, Wallace Roney on trumpet before a record crowd of 12,500 at Chicago’s Millennium Park, earning three standing ovations. Irving created this suite in homage to his mentors Miles Davis and Gil Evans on the 50th anniversary of their seminal recording, Sketches of Spain. Chicago Tribune critic Howard Reich said of Irving’s work, “Extraordinarily ambitious… a tour de force of orchestral writing.” It was this work that circuitously prompted the initiation of Irving’s memoir, Harmonic Possibilities. After reading Irving’s two featured articles for DownBeat Magazine during the mid 1980’s Miles Davis encouraged him to “write a book”. More recently, as a journalist, Irving created the music column, Sound Perspectives for the Fire?y Maga-Paper in Chicago and later the music research column, Root Tones for the internationally distributed Rising Fire?y Magazine. Nicole Lapierre is director of research at the French National Center for Scienti?c Research, and professor of socio-anthropology at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). Pamela Laskin teaches at The City College of New York, where she directs The Poetry Outreach Center,and where she is a Colin Powell Fellow. She is the published author of two young adult novels (visitation rites, the most recent), several picture books, a shoe memoir (my life in shoes) and ?ve books of poetry, the bonsai curator ( Cervena Barva Press) the most recent. Doughtry ‘Doc’ Long is a former teacher of literature and creative writing at Trenton High School, and for a number of years has worked with the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry program. His poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary magazines, among them are, Blue Stones and Salt Hay, Gathering Ground, Brilliant Corners and The Literary Review. He has also worked as a community development specialist in rural agriculture as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa. Ed Pavlic is the author of ?ve 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. In the fall of 2013 Milkweed will publish his new book of poems, at the color line. Mr. Pavlic teaches at the University of Georgia and lives in Athens, Georgia. Ishmael Reed is a poet, novelist, playwright and song writer. He has received awards in each of these categories. His carfoons can be found at http://blog.sfgate.com/ reed/bios/ His new play, “His Ectoplasms” will open at the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe in Dec. directed by Rome Neal. He lives in Oakland, California with his wife, Carla and their daughter, Tennessee. Etnairis Ribera was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is a member of the Poetic Generation of the 70’s. Her poetry has won awards, including the Great Award of Literature for Lifetime Excellence 2008, P.E.N. Club of Puerto Rico. Her work has been translated into English, Italian, French, Portuguese, Swedish and Arabic and has been published in international anthologies and reviews. Guest writer at Pablo Neruda’s Museum House at Valparaíso, Chile on the Poet’s Centennial Anniversary, 2004, she has presented her poetry in cities across Latin America, Spain, Italy and the United States. E