Contributors Born in Trinidad and raised in St. Albans, Queens, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor is the author of four collections of poetry: Raw Air, Night When Moon Follows, Convincing the Body, and Arrival, published by TriQuarterly Books: Northwestern University Press in 2017 and selected as a finalist for the 2018 Paterson Poetry Prize. A VONA Fellow, her poems have been published in Poetry, Killens Journal of Arts & Letters, Mom Egg Review, Prairie Schooner, Adrienne, Pluck! & ALOUD: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Boyce-Taylor holds an MFA in Poetry from Stonecoast: The University of Southern Maine. She lives in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Melba Joyce Boyd , poet, biographer, editor of 13 books, and over 100 published essays on African American literature and film, is Distinguished Professor, African American Studies, Wayne State University (Detroit) and Adjunct Professor, Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan. Her Death Dance of a Butterfly received the 2013 Library of Michigan Notable Books Award for Poetry; 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 NAACP Image Award for Poetry and the ForeWord Award for Poetry. Michael Castro , 2014 poet laureate of St Louis, is also a translator, performance artist, and author of eleven volumes of poetry, most recently Selected Poems: We Need to Talk (Singing Bone Press 2017). He co-founded the literary organization and magazine, River Styx, which just celebrated its 100th issue. Host of the radio program (1989-04) Poetry Beat, Castro translated with the Hungarian poet Gabor G. Gyukics four volumes of modern Hungarian poetry. His awards include Warrior Poet Award from Word In Motion, the Tradition of Literary Excellence Award from PenUltimate Press and University City, and the Guardian Angel of St. Louis Poetry Award from River Styx. Chris Cobb is a writer and artist living in Brooklyn, NY. Stanley Cohen went from the Bronx, NY, to Paris, France, where he practiced law and represented artists and writers, including James Baldwin, Jeanne Moreau, and Helmut Newton. As executor of the Paul Strand estate and as advisor to the Alexander Calder estate, he has been involved in gifts of artworks to museums. Currently living in Upstate New York, Cohen helps administer the biennial Calder Prize for sculpture and directs the Scone Foundation Award to archivists. Léon-Gontran Damas (1912–78 Guiana) was a founder, along with fellow poets Aimé Césaire of Martinique and Léopold Sédar Senghor of Senegal, of the Négritude Movement of the 1930’s and 40’s. His first collection, Pigments (Éditions GLM, 1937), deemed injurious to the state, was banned, confiscated and all remaining copies burned by the French government in 1939. He authored nine more collections, and edited the groundbreaking anthology, Poètes Noirs d’Expression Française (Éditions du Seuil, 1947). Researching and documentating African American cultures and literatures, he traveled the United States, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Brazil and Cuba and published a second anthology, Nouvelle Somme de Poésie du Monde Noir (Présence Africaine, 1966). From 1970 until his death, he lived and worked in the US, and taught and lectured at NYU, Yale, Princeton, Howard, Georgetown and other universities in the US and Canada. 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. He is a frequent television commentator on political and public affairs and has spoken on global and domestic issues in London, Pakistan, Atlanta, Las Vegas, and New York. Dr. Mary Anne Rose is an artist, art educator, director and curator of the Herbert Gentry Estate, New York City. Born in San Francisco, CA, Rose attended the University of California, Santa Cruz (A.B. Art), Berkeley (MA, Art; MFA, Painting), and Teachers College, Columbia University (Ed.D, Art Education). Her artwork has been exhibited in the US, France, Italy, Denmark and Sweden. She began her career teaching art in the New York Public Schools, before teaching art, art history and art education at Molloy College, Brooklyn College, CUNY, Teachers College, Columbia University and Pratt Institute. She was married to Herbert Gentry. Bob Holman founded the Bowery Poetry Club, Mouth Almighty/Mercury poetry record label; authored 17 poetry collections, including The Cutouts (Matisse) and Sing This One Back to Me; was Slam Master/director at the Nuyorican Poets Café; has played a central role in spoken word, slam and digital poetry movements; co-founded the Endangered Language Alliance – recipient of Chambra d’Oc Premio Ostana Award (2018); produced, directed, hosted “The United States of Poetry” and “On the Road with Bob Holman;” taught at Princeton, Columbia, NYU, Bard, and The New School. His film, “Khonsay: Poem of Many Tongues,” premiered at the Margaret Mead Film Festival. Louise Meriwether , novelist, essayist, journalist, and activist, published her first and critically acclaimed book, Daddy Was a Number Runner (with an introduction by James Baldwin) in 1970, using autobiographical elements about growing up in Harlem during the Depression in the era after the Harlem Renaissance. She has published short stories as well as biographies for children about historically important African Americans, including Robert Smalls, Daniel Hale Williams, and Rosa Parks. Meriwether taught creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Houston. The excerpt published in this journal is from her newest novel, Iraq Etcetera, a work-in-progress. E. Ethelbert Miller is a writer, poet, and literary activist. His Collected Poems, edited by Kirsten Porter, was released March 2016 by Willow Books. In April 2015, he was inducted into the Washington, DC Hall of Fame. He is the author of 5th Inning, and he is often heard on National Public Radio. Sharon Olds ’s first book, Satan Says (1980), received the inaugural San Francisco Poetry Center Award. Her second, The Dead and the Living, was a Lamont Poetry Selection for 1983 and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Father was short-listed for the T. S. Eliot Prize in England, and The Unswept Room was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Olds teaches at New York University and co-founded the NYU workshop program for residents of Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island, and for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. In memory of his parents, Ronald Maurice Ollie donated his collection of abstract paintings and photographs by African American artists to the St. Louis Art Museum. A member of the Newark Museum’s board of trustees, he began his collection in 1989; he is also an avid book collector whose library includes over 2,100 titles on Black history and culture, as well as volumes of Negro Spiritual sheet music. Mr. Ollie says, “Collecting this work and getting to know the artists has been one of the joys of my life!” Brenda Marie Osbey is a poet, essayist and librettist. Her six volumes include All Souls: Essential Poems (LSU, 2015) and History and Other Poems (Time Being Books, 2013). The works translated here are part of her Modernist Africana Poetry of the Americas (MAPA) project, covering works in the four major languages of the Americas. Currently a Virginia Foundation for the Humanities fellow and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia, Osbey is a native of New Orleans. Ishmael Reed , the author of over 30 books, is a novelist, poet, playwright, lyricist and essayist. He is an editor, television producer, and public media commentator, and publisher of Konch magazine. A recipient of the MacArthur Genius Award, he has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and nominated twice for the National Book Award. In May 2016, Reed received the Alberto Dubito Award for poetry in Venice, Italy, the AUDELCO award for theater in 2017, and his 11th novel, Conjugating Hindi was published in April, 2018. Melanie Swetz was a Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony Fellow in Salt Lake City in 2014, and prior to appearing in Black Renaissance, her poetry has been published in High Tide, the English Journal Vallum Magazine of Contemporary Poetry and The Journal of Language and Literacy Education. Lava Thomas ’s work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian American Art Museum; Washington, DC; Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA; di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, Napa, CA; International Print Center in New York; Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO; and California African-American Museum. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian, the United States Consulate in Johannesburg, South Africa; the M.H. de Young Museum in San Francisco, CA; and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Thomas is represented by Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco. Guy Tirolien (1917–88 Guadeloupe), used his platform as an administrator of the French colonial government in Mali, Gabon and Cameroun to strengthen cultural ties between the Afrofrancophone Caribbean and Africa, and also developed relationships with such US writers as Claude McKay, Langston Hughes and Richard Wright. His collections include Balles d’or (Présence Africaine, 1961) and Feuilles vivantes au matin (Présence Africaine, 1977). Dr. Patricia Jabbeh Wesley has five books of poetry: When the Wanderers Come Home, Where the Road Turns, The River is Rising, Becoming Ebony, Before the Palm Could Bloom: Poems of Africa, and a children’s book, In Monrovia, the River Visits the Sea. US Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser selected her poem, “One Day: Love Song for Divorced Women” for American Life in Poetry, 2011. Among her awards and grants are: 2016 WISE Women Award; NAACP President’s Award; Liberian Award for poetry, Crab Orchard Award, and World Bank Fellowship. She is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Penn State University. SUBMISSION GUIDELINES We welcome your written contributions for publication in Black Renaissance Noire, whether they are academic articles, reviews, art, visual art, photography, or poetry. Before submitting any copy for publication, please read the following guidelines. Note that we reserve the right to shorten, alter or omit any material. Manuscripts in English should be sent in double-spaced format, in a Microsoft Word-compatible electronic file to the main email address (firstname.lastname@example.org): manuscripts in African language, French or Spanish will be considered, if accompanied by an English translation. 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Included on his list of acknowledgments are a New York Times Fellowship, Ludwig Vogelstein Award for fiction, and a Headlands Center for the Arts Residency. He is Assistant Professor of English at Kingsborough Community College. The work included here is an excerpt from his novel, Canebrake. Born in Chicago, Roger Aplon was a founder/managing editor of Chicago’s CHOICE Magazine. He has published 13 books: Intimacies, prose poems & short fiction and 12 volumes of poetry, including: Mustering What’s Left – Selected & New Poems – 1976 – 2017 (Unsolicited Press). He often reads his work with musicians from the Avant- Garde ensembles, Wormhole, and the Trummerflora Collective. His many prizes and honors include a Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Fellowship in Taos, NM. He lives in Beacon, NY, edits and publishes a poetry magazine, “Waymark – Voices of the Valley,” and is working on another collection, The Omnipotent Sorcerer - Poems 2010 – 2018.