The Black Body
Nzingha Clarke is a writer based in Los Angeles and Mexico. She is currently at work on a novel.
David Goldsmith is a music theatre lyricist and television producer/writer and screenwriter. His musical Having it Almost was performed at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. His most recent musical, Imagine This, enjoyed its World Premiere in 2007 at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in the UK and was a finalist for the prestigious Fred Ebb Award. He has also produced and written for television.
Peter J. Harris, founder and artistic director of Inspiration House, is an African American cultural worker who has since the 1970s published his poetry, essays, and fiction in a wide range of national publications. He has worked as a publisher, journalist, editor, and broadcaster and is currently writing a memoir with his daughter. Much of his work has explored the lives of black men. His magazine, Genetic Dancers: The Artistry Within African/American Fathers, was the first of its kind.
Philip Littell is an actor, teacher, performer, and playwright. He has written texts for modern American composers and has dabbled in opera as a performer. He is currently writing a sequence of plays and when not writing, exercises his passion for photography.
Jason Luckett is an essayist, poet, and performing songwriter. His work has appeared in poetry anthologies and his music appeared in the 2005 short Primary Next of Kin. In 2007 he founded the blog www.theobamanation.com dedicated to a discussion of "Mulatto Moments in Post-Racial America."
Gail Wronsky is the author, coauthor, or translator of nine books of poetry and prose, inlcuding Dying for Beauty, Poems for Infidels, and Volando Bajito, among others. She teaches creative writing at Loyola Marymount University.
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