Mecca Jamilah Sullivan
Mecca Jamilah Sullivan is from Harlem, New York. Her fiction, nonfiction and visual arts have appeared internationally in publications including Callaloo, Best New Writing, Crab Orchard Review, The Minnesota Review, 2010 Robert Olen Butler Fiction Prize Stories, Baobab: South African Journal of New Writing, and American Visions. Her plays have been staged and produced at Theatre 14, New WORLD Theatre, the Harlem Theatre Company, and other venues. She is the winner of the Charles Johnson Fiction Award, the William Gunn Fiction Award, the James Baldwin Memorial Playwriting Award. The recipient of scholarships, fellowships, and residencies from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, The Yaddo Colony, the Hedgebrook Writers’ Retreat, the New York State Summer Writers’ Institute, and other organizations, she is currently a Ph.D. candidate and Dean’s Scholar in English Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, and is completing her first novel.
Reese Okyong Kwon’s stories are published or forthcoming in the Kenyon Review, American Short Fiction, Sun Magazine, Missouri Review, and elsewhere; her nonfiction is published in the Believer, More Intelligent Life, and Rumpus. She has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony, and Ledig House International. In addition, she has been named one of Narrative’s “30 Below 30” writers.
Marie Motsuki Mockett was born in Carmel, California to a Japanese mother and American father. Marie’s essay “Letter from a Japanese Crematorium” was published in Agni 65, cited as distinguished in the 2008 Best American Essays, and anthologized in Creative Nonfiction 3. Additional poems, stories and essays appear in The North Dakota Quarterly, Phoebe, Fugue, LIT and other journals. Marie’s debut novel, Picking Bones from Ash, was published by Graywolf Press on October 1st, 2009. The LA Times said of Picking Bones from Ash: “Some fiction makes the world a little smaller; illuminates the dark corners, puts the taste of, say, breakfast in a small mountain village of Japan in the mouth of the reader.” Picking Bones from Ash was a Finalist for the Paterson Prize for Fiction, shortlisted for the Saroyan International Prize for Writing, and shortlisted for the Asian American Literary Award. In 2009, Marie attended the Bread Loaf Conference as a Bernard O’Keefe Scholar in Nonfiction.