John Freeman is the founder of Freeman's, a literary annual of new writing, and executive editor of The Literary Hub. His books include How to Read a Novelist, The Tyranny of E-mail, and Dictionary of the Undoing, as well as two collections of poems, Maps and The Park. He has also edited a trilogy of anthologies on inequality, including Tales of Two Americas and Tales of Two Planets. His work is translated into more than twenty languages and has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review and The New York Times. The former editor of Granta, he is Artist in Residence at New York University.
Aracelis Girmay (pictured below) is the author of the poetry collections The Black Maria, named a “Top Poetry Pick” by Publisher's Weekly, O Magazine, and Library Journal, Teeth, and Kingdom Animalia, and the collage-based picture book changing, changing. Teeth was published by Curbstone Press and was a finalist for the Connecticut Book Award. Girmay received the GLCA New Writers Award. Kingdom Animalia was the winner of the Isabella Gardner Award (BOA Editions) and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Girmay's poetry and essays have been published in Granta, Black Renaissance Noire, and PEN America, among other places. She has received grants and fellowships from the Jerome, Cave Canem, and Watson foundations, as well as Civitella Ranieri and the NEA. She lives in New York City.