Tina Chang, Brooklyn Poet Laureate, is the author of the poetry collections Of Gods & Strangers (2011) and Half-Lit Houses (2004). She is co-editor of the Norton anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond. Her poems have appeared in American Poet, McSweeney’s, The New York Times, and Ploughshares.
Reading co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Studies Program.
Marlon James is the author of the novels John Crow’s Devil (2005), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Commonwealth Writers Prize, and The Book Of Night Women, winner of the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Minnesota Book Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His short fiction has appeared in the anthologies Iron Balloons, Bronx Noir, and Silent Voices, and his nonfiction in the Caribbean Review of Books and Publishers Weekly.
Elena Passarello is the author of Let Me Clear My Throat (2012), a collection of essays on the famous human voices of TV, film, music, and “real life.” Her work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Slate, Ninth Letter, Gulf Coast, as well as the anthology Pop When the World Falls Apart. She is the first female winner of the Stella! Shout Out screaming contest in New Orleans.
Shane McCrae is the author of the poetry collections Mule (2011), a finalist for the Kate Tuft001es Discovery Award and the PEN Center USA Literary Award, and Blood (2013). His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The Best American Poetry 2010, Fence, Gulf Coast, Jubilat, Smartish Pace, and others. He has received a Whiting Writer's Award and a fellowship from the NEA.
Dana Johnson is the author of the novel Elsewhere, California and Break Any Woman Down, winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Her work has appeared in Slake, Callaloo, and The Iowa Review and in the anthologies Shaking the Tree: A Collection of New Fiction and Memoir by Black Women, The Dictionary of Failed Relationships, and California Uncovered: Stories for the 21st Century.