Urayoán Noel is a poet, critic, performer, translator, and assistant professor of English and Spanish at NYU. He is the author of the critical study In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam (University of Iowa Press, 2014), winner of the Latina/o Studies Book Prize from the Latin American Studies Association, and several books of poetry in English and Spanish, the most recent of which is Buzzing Hemisphere/Rumor Hemisférico (University of Arizona Press). He has also produced poetry in a range of alternative formats, including the CD and DVD, the artist book, the digital archive, and the multimedia installation. A contributing editor of NACLA Report on the Americas and Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, Noel has been a fellow of the Ford Foundation and CantoMundo, and his creative and critical writings have appeared in Bomb, Contemporary Literature, Fence, Lana Turner, Latino Studies, Small Axe, and in numerous anthologies. Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Urayoán Noel earned his B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, his M.A. from Stanford, and his Ph.D. from NYU. He lives in the Bronx and recently completed a bilingual edition of the poetry of Pablo de Rokha for Shearsman Books.
Adrienne Raphel is the author of What Was It For (forthcoming spring 2017), winner of the Rescue Press Black Box Poetry Prize, and But What Will We Do, winner of the Seattle Review Chapbook Contest. She writes for the New Yorker online, and her work also appears in, among other publications, the Paris Review Daily, the Atlantic online, Lana Turner Journal, Prelude, and Poetry Northwest. Raphel has an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and is currently a PhD candidate in English at Harvard, where she studies poetics and plays word games.
Sara Deniz Akant is the author of Babette, selected by Maggie Nelson and recently published by Rescue Press, as well as Parades (Omnidawn, 2014) and Latronic Strag (Persistent Editions, 2015). Her work has been recognized with fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and has appeared most recently in The Brooklyn Rail, The Denver Quarterly, jubilat, and Lana Turner. She has taught poetry and writing at the University of Iowa and the City University of New York. She lives in Brooklyn.