Safia Elhillo is the author of "The January Children" (University of Nebraska Press, 2017). Sudanese by way of Washington, DC, she received a BA from NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study and an MFA in poetry at the New School. Safia is a Pushcart Prize nominee, co-winner of the 2015 Brunel University African Poetry Prize, and winner of the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, The Conversation, and Crescendo Literary and The Poetry Foundation's Poetry Incubator. Adrian Matejka is the author of "The Devil's Garden" (Alice James Books, 2003) which won the New York / New England Award and "Mixology" (Penguin, 2009), a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series. Mixology was also a finalist for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature. His third collection, "The Big Smoke" (Penguin, 2013), focuses on Jack Johnson, the first African American heavyweight champion of the world. Ife-Chudeni A. Oputa is completing an MFA in Poetry and an MA in African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. She is a Cave Canem, Callaloo and Lambda Literary fellow. Her poetry & prose has appeared or is forthcoming in [PANK] online, Gabby, Some Call it Ballin, Crab Orchard Review and elsewhere.