Jeffrey Renard Allen

Jeffery Renard Allen is the author of two collections of poetry, Stellar Places (Moyer Bell 2007) and Harbors and Spirits (Moyer Bell 1999), and two works of fiction, the widely celebrated and influential novel, Rails Under My Back (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2000), which won The Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize for Fiction, and the story collection Holding Pattern (Graywolf Press 2008). His essays, reviews, fiction, and poetry have appeared in numerous publications, including The Chicago Tribune, Poets & Writers, Triquarterly, Ploughshares, Bomb, Hambone, The Antioch Review, StoryQuarterly, African Voices, African American Review, Callaloo, Arkansas Review, Other Voices, Black Renaissance Noire, and XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics. Among other projects, Allen …

Erica Silberman

Erica Silberman is a playwright, essayist, and screenwriter. She has written fifteen times for theAtrainplays, a twenty-four hour theatre project. Her plays have been produced or developed at The Ensemble Studio Theatre, New World Stages, Playwrights Horizon, the Stonington Opera House, and the Metropolitan Playhouse. She is published in Teachers and Writers, will be published in Playscripts, and has been featured on NPR’s PRI. She is a mentor at Girls Write Now and the co-president of The New York Coalition of Professional Women in the Arts & Media.

Cheryl Burke

Cheryl Burke is a Brooklyn-based poet and writer. Her work appears in numerous print and online publications, including; Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution (Seal Press, 2007), Suspect Thoughts, Reactions 5: New Poetry (Pen & Inc, 2005), BLOOM, and The Guardian. She has given readings and performances of her work throughout the U.S. and Great Britain. In 2003, Cheryl received an artists fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her website is www.cherylb.com.

Mohammed Naseehu Ali

Mohammed Naseehu Ali, a native of Ghana, is a writer and musician. A graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and Bennington College, Ali has published fiction and essays in The New Yorker, the New York Times, Mississippi Review, Bomb, Gathering of the Tribes, and Essence. He is the author of The Prophet of Zongo Street (Harper Collins 2006), a dazzling collection of stories that take readers to a world that seamlessly blends African folklore and myths with modernity.

NYC | December 14, 2008

Raise your glasses of wine, eggnog, or H2O cause we’re making a toast! To health, happiness, and all around literary goodness. Join us on December 14th at 8pm (right after the Holiday Crafts Fair at Stain Bar…shopping anyone?) for a reading to remember with music by Michael Indeglio. Cheers!

Mohammed Naseehu Ali, a native of Ghana, is a writer and musician. A graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and Bennington College, Ali has published fiction and essays in The New Yorker, the New York Times, Mississippi Review, Bomb, Gathering of the Tribes, and Essence. …

NYC | November 16, 2008

Celebrate! Change has arrived! Hope is here! To usher us into this remarkable post-election era are four ambitious literary talents, including a translator and a psychologist, a novelist and a navigator. Join us!

Leni Zumas (lenizumas.com) is the author of the story collection Farewell Navigator (Open City, 2008). Her work has appeared most recently in New York Tyrant, Quarterly West, Harp & Altar, Open City, and New Orleans Review. A 2008 Fellow in Fiction, she is currently an Artist-in-Residence in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace program. She is Associate Director of the Juniper Summer Writing Institute, and teaches at …

Leni Zumas

Leni Zumas is the author of the story collection Farewell Navigator (Open City,
2008). Her work has appeared most recently in New York Tyrant, Quarterly West, Harp & Altar, Open City, and New Orleans Review. A 2008 Fellow in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts, she is currently an Artist-in-Residence in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace
program. She is Associate Director of the Juniper Summer Writing Institute and teaches at Hunter College.

Edward Gauvin

A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, Edward Gauvin was a 2007 fellow at the American Literary Translators Association conference, and in June received a residency from the Banff International Literary Translation Centre, where he was able to finish a collection of fabulist Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud’s short stories. Edward’s work on the author in AGNI, Words Without Borders, Epiphany, The Cafe Irreal, and a forthcoming issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction marks his first appearances in English. Other translations have been featured in Two Lines XV and Silk Road, and will appear in forthcoming issues of Absinthe: New European Writing and The Mercurian. Edward translates graphic novels for Tokyopop, First Second …

Kim Coleman Foote

Kim Coleman Foote is a writer from New Jersey. Her creative nonfiction and fiction has appeared most recently in Black Renaissance Noire, Potomac Review, Crab Orchard Review, and WorldView, and has been anthologized in Just Like a Girl, Woman.Period, and Homelands. Selected awards include the inaugural 2008 PALF Africana Creative Nonfiction Award to Ghana, a 2008 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, and a 2002-03 Fulbright Fellowship to Ghana. Currently based in New York, she is working on a memoir about Ghana and a novel about the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Daniel Tomasulo

Daniel Tomasulo (graywolfpress.org), Ph.D., TEP, MFA is a psychologist, psychodrama trainer and writer on faculty at New Jersey City University and formerly a visiting faculty member on fellowship at Princeton University. He is the author of Confessions of a Former Child: A Therapist’s Memoir (Graywolf Press, 2008). He has gained international recognition for development of IBT, the Interactive-Behavioral Model of group psychotherapy for people with intellectual and psychiatric disabilities. He is a consultant for YAI, National Institute for People with Disabilities in New York City and on the editorial board for the journal Mental Health Aspects of Developmental Disabilities. He is also a consulting editor for The Journal of Group …