African Voices Summer 2017 AV Summer 2017 Digital Issue | Page 6

Contributors Bios Mawiyah Kai EL-Jamah Bomani is a native New Orleanian Writer and Spirit Woman. Mawiyah’s writings have appeared in The Crab Orchard Review, Dark Eros, Catch The Fire, Freeform Magazine, Beyond The Frontier, Kente Cloth, Fertile Ground, Family Portraits, Chicken Bones: A Literary Journal, Survival Digest Quarterly, From A Bend In The River, Thicker Than Water, The House of Misfit’s Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, Essence Magazine, Keeping it Hushed: The Barbershop African American Hush Harbor Rhetoric, Looking for Soul, Black Poetry Music, The Louisiana Poetry Project and Women’s Issues and Feminism in the 21st Century. She wrote the plays “Brown Blood Black Womb.” She is also writer of the plays “Spring Chicken,” “Crows Feet,” “Bourbon and Hair Anthem.” She won playwright of the year for her play “Spring Chicken,” in 2013. Mitchell L. H. Douglas is the author of Cooling Board: A Long-Playing Poem and \blak\ \al-fə bet\. His next poetry collection, dying in the scarecrow’s arms, is forthcoming from Persea Books in 2018. Douglas’ poem “After Murder” is featured on Angel C. Dye is a poet from Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas by way of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is a graduate of Howard University and is an MFA in Creative Writing candidate at the University of Kentucky. Her poetry has appeared in Sixfold Journal, Black Earth Institute’s About Place Journal, and 2 Leaf Press’ Black Lives Have Always Mattered anthology. Angel has been awarded by the Middle Atlantic Writers Association, the College Language Association, and Tuckson Health Connections. Her work grapples with such issues as living in poverty and living in a single parent home with an incarcerated parent. Ozimede Sunny Ekhalume is a pharmacist and an author. His fiction has appeared in The Missing Slate, Kalahari Review, African Writer, Café Aphra, Poetry Pacific, Winamop and Africa Book Club. His storybook for children was shortlisted for the 2016 Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Prize for Children’s Literature. Ekhalume is currently working on a collection of short stories and a novel. Sherese Francis is a southeast Queens-based published poet, writer, blogger and literary curator. She has published work in journals and anthologies including Newtown Literary, Blackberry Magazine, Kalyani Magazine, Near Kin: A Collection of Words and Arts Inspired by Octavia Butler and Bared: Contemporary Poetry and Art on Bras and Breasts. Her current projects include her Afrofuturism-inspired blog, Futuristically Ancient; her southeast 6 african Voices Queens based pop up bookshop/mobile library, J. Expressions, for which she received a 2017 Queens Council on the Arts grant; an upcoming fantasy novel, The E; and poetry collections in progress, “And the Water Breaks” and “Lady Liberty.” N. Steven Harris: See page 33. Roman Johnson is a Watering Hole fellow, and winner of the 2015 George Rufus Lindsey Scholarship for Male Poets. He loves sweet potato pie, gumbo, and shrimp and grits. He is proud to be from Memphis, Tennessee. Quincy Scott Jones’ work has appeared in publications such as the African American Review, The North American Review, and The Feminist Wire, as well the anthologies such as Resisting Arrest: Poems to Stretch the Sky and Red Sky: Poetry on the Global Epidemic of Violence Against Women. He is a Cave Canem Fellow and a VONA alumna. With Nina Sharma, he co-created the Nor’easter Exchange: a multicultural, multi-city reading series. His first book, The T-Bone Series, was published by Whirlwind Press in 2009. Afua Richardson: See The Gallery, page 22. Sheree Renée Thomas is the author of Sleeping Under the Tree of Life (Aqueduct Press, named on the 2016 James Tiptree, Jr. Award “Worthy” List and honored with a Publishers Weekly Starred Review) and Shotgun Lullabies: Stories & Poems. She is the editor of the groundbreaking anthologies, Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora (winner of the 2001 World Fantasy Award) and Dark Matter: Reading the Bones (winner of the 2005 World Fantasy Award). Her work has been translated in French, Urdu, and Spanish and her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in the New York Times and other publications. Based in Memphis, Tennessee, Thomas is the Associate Editor of Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora. Lynne Thompson is the author of Start With a Small Guitar and Beg No Pardon, winner of the Perugia Book Award and the Great Lakes Colleges New Writers Award. Recent work has appeared in Poetry, Ecotone, Prairie Schooner, African American Review, and Crab Creek Review, among others. Thompson is Reviews & Essays Editor for the literary journal, Spillway. She is winner of 2017 Tucson Festival of Books Literary Prize, and the Stephen Dunn Poetry Prize in 2016. She received a Master Artist Fellowship from the City of Los Angeles for 2015-16.