NYU Black Renaissance Noire Volume 18 Issue 1 - Winter 2018 - Page 144

Contributors Writer Monique Clesca lives in her native Haiti and in Miami, FL. She holds a BA in philosophy from Howard University and an MS in journalism from Northwestern University. Her writing has been published in The New York Times, Black Renaissance Noire, Huffington Post, and The Root. She has published a novel and an essay collection in French. A recipient of numerous awards for her work as a child and women’s rights advocate, notably the Commander of Niger’s Order of Merit, and honorary titles from Niger’s Traditional Chiefs, she is writing a memoir about growing up under a brutal dictatorship. 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 honourable mention in the Derek Walcott Writing Prize. His third book of poems, Pitch Lake, is published by Peepal Tree Press. Justin Desmangles is chairman of the Before Columbus Foundation, administrator of the American Book Award, and host of the radio broadcast New Day Jazz, now in its fifteenth year. A member of the board of directors of the Oakland Book Festival, Mr. Desmangles is also a program producer at the African-American Center of the San Francisco Public Library. Chantal Bizzini is a French poet, translator, photographer, and collage artist, who lives in Paris. She has published poetry and translations in many international literary journals. American poets she has translated extensively include Ezra Pound, Hart Crane, W. H. Auden, Adrienne Rich, Denise Levertov, John Ashbery, Clayton Eshleman, Jorie Graham, Quincy Troupe. Her own poetry has been translated into English, Italian, Spanish, and Greek. Her first volume of poetry, Boulevard Magenta, was published in 2015 by le bousquet-la barthe éditions. In 2015, her book Disenchanted City, translated in English by Marilyn Kallet, J. Bradford Anderson and Darren Jackson, was published in a bilingual edition by Black Widow Press. Distinguished Professor in African American Studies at Wayne State University, Dr. Melba Joyce Boyd is an award-winning author of 13 books, nine of which are poetry. Death Dance of a Butterfly received the 2013 Library of Michigan Notable Books Award for Poetry, Wrestling with the Muse: Dudley Randall and the Broadside Press received the Honor for Nonfiction from The Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Roses and Revolutions: The Selected Writings of Dudley Randall received the 2010 Independent Publishers Award, the 2010 Library of Michigan Notable Books Award for Poetry, and was a finalist for the 2010 NAACP Image Award for Poetry and the 2010 ForeWord Award for Poetry. Boyd’s critically acclaimed and widely reviewed, Discarded Legacy: Politics and Poetics in the Life of Frances E. W. Harper, 1825-1911, was the first comprehensive study on Harper. Chairman of Medgar Evers College Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Owen Brown has over 25 years experience in education. He has managed welfare-to-work and youth development programs, provided leadership for the National Urban League’s National School-to-Career initiative, served on the US Department of Labor and Department of Education’s national School-to-Work and Harrisburg School District School-to-Work Advisory Boards. He has taught at the SUNY-Stony Brook and University of Port Harcourt, located in Nigeria, West Africa. With a Ph.D. in sociology from Binghamton University, he is currently writing a book titled The African American Nightmares. Chester Higgins , retired staff photographer from The New York Times from 1975-2014 (39 years), has published nine books, including Chester Higgins’ Homage to Ethiopia (2015) and A Dance of Rivers (2014). A recipient of numerous awards, including Legacy Artist Award, Global Citizenship Award, International Youth Leadership Institute. The Gordon Parks Legend Award, and Nubian Women’s Art Circle Award, his photographs have been exhibited in embassies, galleries, and museums worldwide. Mildred Howard has received a Lee Krasner Award; NEA Grant in Sculpture; two Rockefeller Fellowships to the Rockefeller Center, Bellagio, Italy; Joan Mitchell Fellowship; Distinguished Women in the Arts Award from Fresno’s Council of 100; Arte Laguna 2013 Prize in Sculpture nomination. 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