Ruben Quesada has taught writing, literature, and literary translation at Vermont College of Fine Arts, UCLA Writers’ Program, and at Columbia College Chicago. He is the author of Next Extinct Mammal and Exiled from the Throne of Night: Selected Translations of Luis Cernuda. His writing and digital media have been featured at The Art Institute of Chicago, The Poetry Foundation, Oxford American, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, The American Poetry Review, Southern Humanities Review, and elsewhere. His forthcoming chapbook of poetry and translations from Sibling Rivalry Press out in November of this year is titled, Revelations.
Khadijah Queen is the author of five books, most recently I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On (YesYes Books 2017). Earlier collections include Conduit (Akashic / Black Goat 2008), Black Peculiar (Noemi Press 2011) and Fearful Beloved (Argos Books 2015). Her verse play Non-Sequitur (Litmus Press 2015) won the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women’s Performance Writing. The prize included a full staged production of the play at Theaterlab NYC in 2015 by Fiona Templeton’s The Relationship theater company. Individual works appear or are forthcoming in The American Poetry Review, Ms. Magazine, Fence, Tin House, Gulf Coast, Poor Claudia, Memoir, Best American Nonrequired Reading, DIAGRAM and widely elsewhere. Reviews of her work can be found in The New Yorker, Rain Taxi, BOMB Magazine, Los Angeles Review, Kenyon Review, Boston Review, and other publications. She has performed her work nationally for more than a decade. Queen serves as core faculty in poetry and playwriting for the new Mile-High MFA in creative writing at Regis University, and is a Visiting Professor at University of Colorado, Boulder.
Kaveh Akbar's poems appear in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New York Times, The Nation, and elsewhere. His first book, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, was released with Alice James in the US and Penguin in the UK. Akbar is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America.