3.2 — 20 February 2017

Safiya Sinclair was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She is the author of Cannibal (University of Nebraska Press, 2016), winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry, longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the PEN Open Book Award, and named one of the American Library Association’s “Notable Books of the Year.” Sinclair is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, fellowships from Yaddo, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Amy Clampitt Residency Award. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, Kenyon Review, Granta, The Nation, New England Review, Boston Review, TriQuarterly, Oxford American, and elsewhere. She received her MFA in poetry at the University of Virginia, and is currently a PhD candidate in literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California.

Zohra Saed is the co-editor of One Story, Thirty Stories: An Anthology of Contemporary Afghan American Literature (University of Arkansas Press) and editor of Langston Hughes: Poems, Photos and Notebook from Turkestan (Lost & Found, The CUNY Poetics Documents Initiative). Her collaborative poetry chapbook with Sahar Muradi, Misspelled Cities/Falsch Geschrieben, was published for the dOCUMENTA 13 Notebook Series in English/German.Her essays on the Central Asian diaspora and their food history have appeared in Eating Asian America (NYU Press); along with Leila Christine Nadir, she edited Interviews/Essays in “Projects by Afghan American Writers and Artists” for The Asian American Literary Review. She is the co-founder and editor of Brooklyn-based UpSet Press and an Assistant Professor in English at Bard High School Early College, Queens.

Langston Hughes (1902-1967) was born in Joplin, Missouri, and grew up in Kansas, Illinois, and Ohio. In the 1920s, he gained a reputation as a poet, becoming a leading figure in what he called in his first autobiography “the black renaissance.” A prolific poet, prose-writer, and playwright, he served as an example to several generations of African American writers, always lending his support to younger people and new movements in the arts. From 1932-1933, Hughes traveled in the Soviet Union, spending much of his time in Central Asia and returning to the US with several notebooks, hundreds of photographs, and clippings of poems from the Central Asian writers he met there. This trip, along with his work in Spain on behalf of the Republic (featured in Lost & Found Series III), formed major episodes in Hughes’ public political engagement. While popular and known throughout the world, Hughes faced backlash at home. Despite his wishes to see work from this period gathered, these writings and photographs from his trip to the Soviet Union were never published in book form.

Kimiko Hahn is the author of three chapbooks and nine collections of poetry, including Brain Fever and Toxic Flora. Both “Erasing ‘Host Manipulation’” and “The Secret Lives of Planets” are triggered by rarified fields of science in much the same manner that previous work was triggered by Asian American identity, women’s issues, necrophilia, entomology, premature burial, black lung disease, and on. She teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College, City University of New York.

3.1 — 6 February 2017

Alice Fulton‘s latest book of poems is Barely Composed (W.W. Norton); her most recent fiction collection is The Nightingales of Troy (W.W. Norton). Fulton’s honors include an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature; the Bobbitt Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress, and fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the Ann S. Bowers Professor of English at Cornell University.

Lo Kwa Mei-en is the author of Yearling (Alice James Books, 2015) and The Bees Make Money in the Lion (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2016). She is from Singapore and Ohio, where she currently lives and works in Cincinnati.

Melissa Range is the author of Scriptorium, a winner of the 2015 National Poetry Series (Beacon Press, 2016), and Horse and Rider (Texas Tech University Press, 2010). She is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She teaches at Lawrence University in Wisconsin. 

Susan Makov is a New Yorker by birth, but has spent the last 30 years in Salt Lake City, Utah. She taught printmaking, design and illustration at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah for 38 years. Her digital images have been inspired by collections from natural history museums, and represent the creation of a world of dreams. The images reflect an interaction of natural and man-made perils, real and imagined. Living in the west and inspired by the natural world, Makov responds to its outward beauty as well as its land use and misuse. While focusing on ecological problems of the natural world, the images depict a world of science fiction and dreams where the environment has taken a tumble. These images show subjects of environmental concern, as a fantasy world of architecture mixed with nature and inhabited by animals and discarded objects floating past a field of view.