NYU Black Renaissance Noire NYU Black Renaissance Noire Vol 17.2: Fall 2017 - Page 176

Contributors Julian “Basie” Allen is an artist and poet from New York City, currently living in Oakland, CA, where he works as a carpenter and gardener. He will be attending Columbia University’s MFA program for poetry in the fall of 2017. Having studied prison reformation and comparative literature during his undergraduate studies at the Evergreen State College, Allen looks forward to continuing his work with incarcerated populations through the lens of art and poetics, when he returns to New York.  Paul Carter Harrison is an Obie Award-winning playwright, director, and theatre theorist. The Negro Ensemble Company produced his TopHat, Abercrombie Apocalypse, and The Great MacDaddy. Editor of several anthologies of Black Theatre plays and co-editor of Black Theatre: Ritual Performances in the African Diaspora (2002), he wrote The Drama of Nommo (1973). Recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship for American Playwriting, National Endowment of the Arts Playwrights Fellowship, two Meet-the-Composer/Reader’s Digest Commissions, Harrison retired from Columbia College, Chicago, and is now a Visiting Artist/Scholar at Emory University, where he guides a research project on Critical Vocabulary for African Diasporic Expressivity. Nicole Awai , a multimedia artist, is on the faculty of the Department of Art and Art History at University of Texas, Austin. Her work has been exhibited at P.S. 1/ MOMA (2000), the Biennale of Ceramic in Contemporary Art (2003), the Brooklyn Museum (2004, 2007), Busan Biennale (Korea, 2008), Queens Museum, Kemper Museum of Contemporary, Vilcek Foundation, Biennale of the Caribbean in Aruba (2013), ArtsWestchester, Sperone Westwater, and Susan Inglett Gallery. She was a Critic at the Yale School of Art in the Department of Painting and Printmaking from 2009-2015. She has an MFA from University of South Florida (1996). Andre Bagoo is a Trinidadian poet and writer. His poetry has appeared in Boston Review, Caribbean Review of Books, Cincinnati Review, Moko, St Petersburg Review, The Poetry Review, and elsewhere. In 2017, he was awarded The Charlotte and Isidor Paiewonsky Prize. In 2005, he was awarded an honorable mention in the Derek Walcott Writing Prize and has published several essays on the writing of Derek Walcott. Bagoo’s third book of poems, Pitch Lake, was published by Peepal Tree Press. Former Regional Director of the Poetry Society of America, Elena Karina Byrne is a multi-media artist, editor, poetry consultant/moderator for The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Literary Programs Director for The Ruskin Art Club, and one of the final judges for the Kate/Kingsley Tufts Prizes in Poetry. A Pushcart Prize winner, her books include The Flammable Bird, MASQUE, Squander; and Voyeur Hour: Meditations on Poetry, Art and Desire, a recent collection of essays. Publications include: Best American Poetry, Agenda UK, Yale Review, Paris Review, APR, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, The Dublin Review, TriQuarterly, Colorado Review, Verse, Denver Quarterly, and Poetry. Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, essayist, and novelist. She is the author of The House on Mango Street, My Wicked Ways, Hairs/Pelitos, Woman Hollering Creek, Loose Woman, Caramelo, Have You Seen Marie? and A House of My Own: Stories from My Life. Her work has been published in more than 20 languages. A dual citizen of Mexico and the United States, she earns her living by her pen. Victor Hernañdez Cruz was born in Aquas Buenas, Puerto Rico, and lived in the United States for many years, before moving back to the place of his birth. Mr. Cruz is the author of 10 books of poetry, the latest being Beneath the Spanish, published by Coffee House Press in September 2017. The recipient of many awards for his poetry, he is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Presently he resides in Morocco. Daniel Dabriou is a photographer and graphic designer living in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe, French West Indies. His most recent publication is Carnaval en Guadeloupe (VIM, Very Important Mas, Editions Kaéra 2012). Wallace Ford , Associate Professor and the Chairman of the Department of Public Administration at Medgar Evers College at the City University of New York, is the author of two novels, The Pride, and What You Sow, and the blog, Point of View, that is read in 60 countries. A television commentator and public speaker, he hosts The Inclusion Show with Wallace Ford on UBC-TV. Allan M. Gordon is an artist and art historian based in Sacramento, California. 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