Khadijah Queen, PhD, is the author of six books, including I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On (2017), praised in O Magazine, The New Yorker, Rain Taxi, Los Angeles Review, and elsewhere as “quietly devastating,” and “a portrait of defiance that turns the male gaze inside out. An essay about the pandemic, “False Dawn,” appears in Harper’s Magazine. Her latest book, Anodyne, was published in August 2020 by Tin House.
Carlos Andrés Gomez
Carlos Andrés Gomez is the author of Fractures, selected by Natasha Trethewey as the winner of the 2020 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry; Hijito, selected by Eduardo C. Corral as the winner of the 2018 Broken River Prize, as well as winner of the 2019 Foreword INDIES Gold Medal in Poetry, 2020 IndieReader Discovery Award, 2020 International Book Award for Poetry, and a #1 SPD bestseller; and the memoir Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood, released by Penguin Random House. A star of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, TV One’s Verses and Flow, and Spike Lee’s #1 box office movie Inside Man with Denzel Washington, Carlos has performed and delivered keynotes at more than 600 colleges and universities in 46 U.S. states and headlined shows in 25 countries across five continents. Winner of the 2018 Atlanta Review International Poetry Prize, 2019 Fischer National Poetry Prize, 2015 Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize, and the 2019 Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry, Carlos is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. He is a proud Latinx and father.
Elana Bell is the author of Mother Country (BOA Editions 2020), Elana Bell is a poet, sound practitioner, and creative alchemist. She facilitates artistic rituals and processes that support people in accessing their authentic voice and alchemizing raw experience and emotion into artistic expression. Her debut collection of poetry, Eyes, Stones (LSU Press 2012), received the 2011 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, and brings her complex heritage as the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors to consider the difficult question of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Elana is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, the Edward Albee Foundation, and the Brooklyn Arts Council. Her writing has appeared in AGNI, Harvard Review, and the Massachusetts Review, among others. She was an inaugural finalist for the Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism, an award that recognizes and honors a poet who is doing innovative and transformative work at the intersection of poetry and social change. In addition to facilitating her own Creative Fire workshops, Elana teaches poetry to actors at the Juilliard School and sings with the Resistance Revival Chorus, a group of womxn activists and musicians committed to bringing joy and song to the resistance movement. https://www.elanabell.com.