Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of The Crown Ain't Worth Much (Button Poetry/Exploding Pinecone Press, 2016), nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award and They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us (Two Dollar Radio, 2017), named a best book of 2017 by NPR, Pitchfork, Oprah Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Slate, Esquire, GQ, and Publisher's Weekly, among others. He is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow, a poetry editor at Muzzle Magazine, and a member of the poetry collective Echo Hotel with poet/essayist Eve Ewing. Abdurraqib has multiple forthcoming books including a biography on A Tribe Called Quest titled Go Ahead In The Rain (University of Texas Press, February 2019), the new collection of poems A Fortune For Your Disaster (Tin House, 2019) and a history of Black performance in the United States titled They Don't Dance No Mo' (Random House, 2020).




Leigh Fondakowski is a playwright, screenwriter, author, and director. She was the head writer of "The Laramie Project," a co-writer of "Laramie: Ten Years Later," and an Emmy Nominated co-screenwriter for the film adaptation of Laramie with HBO Films. Her other original plays include, "I Think I Like Girls," "The People's Temple," "Spill," and "Casa Cushman." She is the author of the non-fiction book, "Stories from Jonestown," and is currently adapting the book to film.





Ander Monson is the author of eight books, including the forthcoming I Will Take the Answer and The Gnome Stories, both from Graywolf. He edits the magazine DIAGRAM, Essay Daily, and March Vladness, among other projects, and he directs the MFA program at the University of Arizona.