Sinan Antoon, a scholar, novelist, and translator, is the author two collections of poetry in Arabic and one in English: The Baghdad Blues (Harbor Mountain Press, 2007). His translation of Mahmoud Darwish’s In the Presence of Absence from the Arabic won the American Literary Translators Association award for best translation in 2011.
Emily Fragos is the author of Little Savage (Grove/Atlantic, 2004); Hostage (Sheep Meadow Press, 2011); and Saint Torch: New & Selected Poems (Sheep Meadow Press, 2017). She is the recipient of a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry, an American Academy of Arts & Letters Literature Award, and the 2015 National Witter Bynner Poetry Prize, chosen by Poet Laureate of the United States, Charles Wright, from the Library of Congress, Washington. D.C.
Scott Hightower is the author of four books of poetry in the U.S. and a bilingual collection published by Devenir, Madrid. Tartessos, his second bilingual, is forthcoming, also from Devenir. Hightower's awards include the 2004 Hayden Carruth Poetry Award, and his translations from Spanish have earned him a Barnstone Translation Prize.
Darrel Alejandro Holnes is co-author of PRIME: Poems and Conversations (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014). He has received fellowships and scholarships from Cave Canem, CantoMundo, the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and the Breadloaf Writers Conference. He is also a playwright. He won the 2017 C. P. Cavafy Poetry Prize and was a recent finalist for the Split This Rock! National Poetry Prize and the National Poetry Series.
Millery Polyné is a scholar of US African American and Caribbean history and also the author of a collection of poetry, Release: Race, Love, Jazz (2003). A recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, Polyné’s poems have been published in journals such as Transition: The Magazine of Africa and the Diaspora and Cultural Dynamics.
KC Trommer, author of the chapbook The Hasp Tongue (dancing girl press, 2014), has published poems in Agni, The Antioch Review, Day One, Octopus, The Sycamore Review, Prairie Schooner, and Poetry East, and has been awarded an Academy of American Poets Prize and the 2015 Fugue Poetry Prize.
Greg Vargo, a scholar of British literature and print culture, has published poetry in a variety of literary journals, including the Southern Review and the Gettysburg Review.