NYU Black Renaissance Noire Winter 2014 - Page 200

Contributors Jules Allen, a respected, award-winning photographer lives and works in New York. He is currently on the faculty of the City University of New York where he is a professor with the Department of Art and Design at Queensborough College. Allen’s photographs are reality-based images as well as metaphorical documents of which the primary resources are grounded in behavior, enlightenment and irony. Allen’s work expresses the essential truth, that a culture’s power is clearest when presented on its own terms. He shares the belief of photographer Diane Arbus, who states; “the more specific a thing is, the more general.” The artist, Danny Dawson, says wryly that Mr. Allen has a “keen eye for the obvious.” His lifelong work is evocative of the contemporary black experience. The images place subjects, drawn from the richness of black life, within universal paradigms. His aesthetic vision is rooted in music, gesture and ritual which renders American culture both locally and abroad. His photographs are in museum collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian, the National Gallery. His extensive commercial and corporate work has been seen on the covers of numerous periodicals, magazines, journals albums and compact discs. He is the recipient of numerous awards and grants. Carol Diehl is an artist, critic (Contributing Editor, Art in America), and former performance poet (Nuyorican Poets Cafe) based in New York. Her article in this issue of Black Renaissance Noire originally appeared on her blog, Art Vent. Aracelis Girmay is the author/illustrator of the collage-based children’s book changing, changing (2005), and the two poetry collections Teeth (2007) and Kingdom Animalia (2011). Her new projects include a short film collaboration with the Critical Projections collective as well as a new poetry collection slated for publication by BOA Editions in spring 2016. She is on the faculty of Hampshire College’s School for Interdisciplinary Arts. Paul Carter Harrison is an award-winning playwright/ director/theatre theorist whose work has been produced and published in both the United States and Europe. A native New Yorker, he has had a long artistic association, as writer/director, with the Negro Ensemble Company that had produced his earlier plays, Tophat, Abercrombie Apocalypse, and the celebrated Great MacDaddy for which he was recipient of an Obie Award. Harrison is the author of The Drama of Nomo (1973) a seminal work on African Diasporic expression. He is also co-editor of Black Theatre: Ritual Performance in the African Diaspora. (2002) Currently Visiting Artist/Scholar at Emory University, he served as co-director of the NEH sponsored institute at Emory University titled “Black Aesthetics and African Centered Cultural Expressions: Sacred Systems in the Nexus Between Cultural Studies Religion and Philosophy.” 198 Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke’s books include The Year of the Rat (1996), Dog Road Woman (1997), Off-Season City Pipe (2005), Blood Run (2007) and Burn (2014). Her new book of poems, Streaming, will be published in December 2014 by Coffee House Press. In addition to poetry, Ms. Hedge Coke has published a memoir, Rock Ghost, Willow, Deer (2004) as well. She is also the editor of several anthologies, including: Sing: Poetry of the Indigenous Americas (2011) Effigies (2009) and Effigies II (2014). Hedge Coke came of age working fields, factories, and waters and is at work on a film, Red Dust: resiliency in the dirty thirties and a new CD with Kelvyn Bell & Laura Ortman as Rd KlÄ. Tyehimba Jess’ first book of poetry, leadbelly (2005), was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. A Cave Canem Alumni, he received a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, was a 2004-2005 Winter Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and won a 2006 Whiting Award. He exhibited his poetry at the 2011 TedX Nashville Conference. Wave Press will publish his next book, Olio, in 2016. He is Associate Professor of English at College of Staten Island. Dennis Kardon (born 1950) is an American painter based in Brooklyn, New York. The New York Times’ Ken Johnson has described Dennis Kardon’s paintings as “generously painterly, voluptuously creepy narrative pictures of familial conflict, sexual angst and infantile yearning.” Kardon’s work has been exhibited widely in the United States and abroad. Yusef Komunyakaa’s books of poetry include Taboo, (2006) Dien Cai Dau, (1988) Neon Vernacular, (2003) for which he received the Pulitzer Prize, Warhorses,(2009) The Chameleon Couch, (2010) and most recently Testimony (2013). His plays, performance art and libretti have been performed internationally and include Saturnalia, Testimony, and Gilgamesh. He teaches at New York University. Colleen j. McElroy lives in Seattle, Washington where she is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington. Editor-in-chief of The Seattle Review from 1995-2006, McElroy has published nine collections of poems, most recently, Sleeping with the Moon (2007), for which she received a 2008 PEN/Oakland National Literary Award, and Here I Throw Down My Heart, (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012), was a finalist for the