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James Polchin is a writer, cultural historian, and a Clinical Professor in Liberal Studies at New York University. He is also an Instructor at the Creative Nonfiction Foundation. He teaches in areas of creative nonfiction, LGBTQ history, visual culture studies, and crime narratives. His previous faculty appointments include the Princeton Writing Program, the Parsons School of Design, and the New School. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Slate, TIME, Huffington Post UK, Paris Review, Rolling Stone, NewNextNow, The New Inquiry, Lambda Literary, Brevity, and The Smart Set. He is a contributing writer to the Gay and Lesbian Review. His book Indecent Advances: A Hidden History of True Crime and Prejudice Before Stonewall was published in 2019 by Counterpoint Press in the US and Icon Books in the UK.
Pamela Booker is an Interdisciplinary Writing Artist, Educator, and Urban Eco-Activist. An author of sundry performance and literary stories, her recent publications include Symmetry in the Charlie Brown Christmas, (Anthropology of Consciousness, 2017) and Seens From the Unexpectedness of Love, featured in Blacktino Queer Performance Anthology (Duke University Press 2016). An excerpt from her impending novel Fierce! Remains, was selected for the legacy collection Answering Joseph Beam’s Call and a Lambda Literary Awards Finalist (Vintage Entity 2015). She currently teaches writing in programs at NYU, the Harlem Children’s Zone, and is former Core Faculty at Goddard College.
Stephen Policoff’s 1st novel, Beautiful Somewhere Else, won the James Jones Award and was published by Carroll & Graf in 2004. His 2nd novel, Come Away, won the Dzanc Award, and was published by Dzanc Books in 2014, His essays and fiction have appeared in ENTROPY, PROJECTED LETTERS, THE RUMPUS, ROSEBUD, PROVINVETOWN ARTS, VOL. 1 BROOKLYN: SUNDAY STORIES, and many other publications. He has been teaching writing in Liberal Studies almost since time began.
Roberta J. Newman, Brooklyn, New York, is a professor in the Department of Liberal Studies at New York University. Her work has appeared in the journals Cooperstown Symposium: 2009-2010 and NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture. Her most recent book is Here’s the Pitch: The Amazing, True, New, and Improved Story of Baseball and Advertising. She is the co-author of Black Baseball, Black Business.
Eugene Ostashevsky's books of poetry include The Pirate Who Does Not Know the Value of Pi (NYRB 2017) and The Life and Opinions of DJ Spinoza (UDP 2008). He is the winner of the International Poetry Prize of the City of Muenster, the National Translation Award by ALTA, and other prizes. This semester he is the Dorothea Schlegel Writer-in-Residence at the Freie Universität Berlin.
Ifeona Fulani teaches in Liberal Studies at New York University. Her research interests include Caribbean, African and Black British literatures and cultures and her recent publications include an edited volume of essays, Archipelagos of Sound: Transnational Caribbeanities, Women and Music (University of West Indies Press, 2012) as well as scholarly articles published in Atlantic Studies, Caribbean Quarterly, Frontiers: A journal of Women’s Studies, Small Axe and Anthurium. She is also a creative writer and author of a collection of short stories titled Ten Days in Jamaica, published in 2012), and a novel, Seasons of Dust (1997) and stories published in the Beacon’s Best anthology series, in Small Axe, and in Black Renaissance /Renaissance Noir. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a PhD in Comparative Literature, both from New York University.