NYU Black Renaissance Noire Fall 2015 Volume 15.2 - Page 152

Contributors Mar Alzamora-Rivera (1981, Panama) May woman with a heart of water. Upright bassist and composer by nature, poet out of necessity, socio-cultural organizer because she believes in social change. Winner of the 2011 Honorable Mention in the Gustavo Batista Cedeño National Youth Poetry Contest , organized by the National Cultural Institute for poets under 35. She has been published in the Costa Rican online magazine Las Malas Juntas, in the Audioteca de Poesía Contemporánea in Argentina and the Panamanian Revista Cultural MAGA. Curator of the blogs Afinidades Electivas-Panamá and El otro lado del Xanadú. She is on the organizing committees of the Ars Amandi International Poetry Festival and San Francisco de la Montaña Art and Literature Festival. Since 2008 she has been the co-director and co-producer of the PAISAXE musical collective. Lover of yoga, film, sun-catchers and cats. 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. Chinweizu is a historian and Neo-Garvey Pan-Africanist. His books include The West and the Rest of Us, (1975); and Decolonising the African Mind (1987). Annette Clapsaddle. An enrolled member of the EBCI, Annette graduated from Yale University and the College of William and Mary. She produced a series of children’s books, has literary awards, and taught English and Cherokee Studies at Swain High School. Annette lives with her husband, Evan, and sons, Ross and Charlie. Elizabeth Cohen teaches poetry at SUNY Plattsburgh where she serves with Kate Moses as co-editor of the Saranac Review. She is the author of four books of poetry, a memoir and a book of short stories. She lives with her daughter Ava in Plattsburgh, New York. Rudolph Keith Dunn published his first-place 2013 Virginia Writers Club state-wide fiction short story “A Mother’s Kept Promise” in the March edition of the Linden Avenue Literary Journal. Dunn is a former Peace Corps volunteer who served in the Dominican Republic, helping impoverished villagers with educational, economic, and health-related development projects. He has also worked as a journalist in Virginia, Florida, and London and as an educator teaching English in an ESL program in Richmond, teaching Spanish in private childcare programs and learning centers in the Richmond Public School system as a Title 1 Reading and Writing tutor. He currently resides in Richmond, where he is finishing a book of short stories about the challenges faced by children and women in the developing world. Victor Ehikhamenor was born in Nigeria, but moved to the US in 1996 and lived in Washington D.C. until he moved back to Nigeria in 2008 to be the creative director of a newspaper owned by the Pulitzer winning journalist, Dele Olojede. In 2006, the University of Maryland, College Park, awarded him a fellowship/scholarship for an MFA in creative writing (fiction) program and he graduated in 2008. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in New York Times, CNN Online, AGNI, The Washington Post, Wasafiri Magazine, The Literary Magazine, Per Contra, Farafina and many others. Some of his short stories have also been anthologized in Nigeria and South Africa; one of them was highly commended by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association in the UK. He won the Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival Writing Contest in Washington D.C. As a professional visual artist and photographer, his works have been widely exhibited, critically reviewed in reputable journals, and collected by renowned collectors around the world. Recently the Financial Times featured a major article on Victor and his art. No other African artist’s works have been used more frequently than Victor’s for book covers and illustrations. He designed dozens of book covers for renowned writers, including Chimamanda Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus, Lola Shoneyin’s Collected Poems, Dwayne Betts’ Sahid Reads His Own Palm, and Helon Habila’s Measuring Times, and Oil on Water. My non-fiction book “Excuse Me!” a collection of satirical and humorous observations and essays about contemporary Nigerian life, both home and abroad, was published in Nigeria; it’s first run sold out within a few weeks. Professor Wallace Ford was appointed Chair of the Public Administration Department on January 24, 2014. For the past decade, in addition to teaching at Medgar Evers College, Professor Ford has taught Masters of Public Administration and Masters of Business Administration candidates at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Metropolitan College of New York’s School of Public Affairs, Pace University, John Jay College and La Universidad Externado (Colombia). Professor Ford entered his position as chair with extensive experience in both the public and private sectors. In the public sector he has held positions as the direct appointee of two New York State Governors, and New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins. In the private sector he has managed a venture ca