Meena Alexander’s volumes of poetry include Illiterate Heart (winner of the PEN Open Book Award), Raw Silk, Quickly Changing River and Birthplace with Buried Stones, is forthcoming.  She is the author of two novels, and a memoir, Fault Lines

Dr. Fénix Nikaurys Arias is the Director of Academic Testing at York College/CUNY; she also teaches “Race, Ethnicity, Class and Gender in America,” and “Immigration and Crime” at John Jay College. She has also taught “Western Philosophy” at York College.

Andrea Arroyo is an artist living and working in New York City. Her award-winning artwork is exhibited, published and reviewed extensively and is featured in collections around the world. Arroyo adapted Gabriela Mistral’s “The Dancer” for The Graphic Canon, Volume 3.

Elizabeth Balaguer was born in the city of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She is the author of Trucando, Mi Carnaval/My Carnival, El Cuco/The Boogeyman, and more. Her most recent children’s book is The Secret of Smiling.

Led Black is a Dominican-American writer, blogger, thinker and entrepreneur. He runs the Uptown Collective.

Raquel Cepeda, born in Harlem to Dominican parents, is an award-winning journalist, cultural activist, documentary filmmaker, and the author of Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina (March 2013, Atria/Simon & Schuster).

Eduardo C. Corral’s poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 2012, Ploughshares, and Quarterly West. Slow Lightning, his first book of poems, won the 2011 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. Corral is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

Erin Cox is senior marketing manager at St. Martin’s Press.

Michael Diaz is a Dominican-American producer, actor and host who has been featured on HBO, Mun2 and MTV3.

Matthew Dicks is the author of Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, Something Missing, and Unexpectedly Milo. He is a MOTH story slam winner.

Dr. Marybelle Ferreira De Oleo is an educator with seventeen years of experience. Dr. Ferreira De Oleo earned a doctor of education, leadership and administration degree from New York University. She graduated with a master’s degree in administration and supervision; a master’s degree in educational psychology and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the City College of the City University of New York.

Eric Gamalinda has published four novels, three poetry collections, and two collections of stories including People Are Strange, which was released by Black Lawrence Press in 2012. He teaches at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University.

Rigoberto González is the author of thirteen books of poetry and prose, his most recent, the poetry volume Unpeopled Eden. He is contributing editor for Poets & Writers Magazine and on the executive board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle.

Gabriella Gratereaux is a sixth grade student. Her favorite subject is science. She is very friendly and likes to read. Gaby loves nature and likes to share her opinions. She has three sisters Claudia, Amber and Camila.

Luis Gutiérrez, a member of the House of Representatives since 1993, is frequently in the news as the national leader of the movement for immigrants’ rights in America. 

Lauren Hesse is assistant manager of digital marketing at Random House.

Ron Hogan is the host of The Handsell and he recruits authors and independent booksellers to help readers find their new favorite books. 

Quiara Alegría Hudes won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play Water by the Spoonful, and wrote the book for the Tony Award winning Broadway musical In the Heights. 

Sandy Jimenez is an American comic book artist and film director, best known for creating the independent series “Marley Davidson,” and the long-running “Shit House Poet” stories for World War 3 Illustrated. Jimenez adapted Ambrose Bierce’s “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” for The Graphic Canon, Volume 2.  

Lynn Joseph is the author of books for children and young adults, including The Color of My Words, A Wave in Her Pocket, The Mermaid’s Twin Sister, and Coconut Kind of Day

Nicole Krauss is the internationally bestselling author of Great House, The History of Love, and Man Walks into a Room. Her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages.

Victor LaValle is the award-winning author of the story collection Slapboxing with Jesus and three novels, most recently The Devil in Silver, a New York Times Notable Book and Washington Post Best Book of 2012. 

Victoria Loustalot has written This is How You Say Goodbye, a memoir.

Julio C. Malone’s political analysis has regularly appeared in the Spanish newspapers of the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, and the Miami Herald. He is a contributing author of Immigration: a Civil Rights Issue for the Americas.

Francis Mateo is an actor, poet, and editor’s assistant at the New York Times Book Review.

Rubén Martínez is a television commentator, contributing essayist to National Public Radio, Emmy Award winner for the LA–based politics and culture series, Life & Times, and Lannan Award–winning author of Desert America and Crossing Over.

Julie Otsuka is the award-winning author of When the Emperor was Divine and The Buddha in the Attic.

Jesús Papoleto Meléndez is an award-winning poet and founder of the Nuyorican Poets Movement. He is also a playwright, teacher, and activist.

Mary Ely Peña-Gratereaux is the publisher of Cayena Publications, the author of several books for children and adults, and the editor for the anthology of Dominican women’s stories and testimonies, Voces de la inmigración/Voices of the Diaspora. Her most recent children’s book is My Days in Kindergarten.

Ted Rall is a nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist, comix journalist, writer and war correspondent. Winner of the RFK Journalism Award (twice) and a Pulitzer finalist, Rall is the author of the upcoming book of comics journalism and prose, After We Kill You We Will Welcome You Back as Honored Guests: Unembedded in Afghanistan. Rall adapted Sherwood Anderson’s “Hands” for The Graphic Canon, Volume 3.

Jessica Regal is Foundry Media’s foreign rights director for children’s books, and also represents her own list of authors.

Richard Rodriguez is a former commentator for PBS NewsHour and author of critically acclaimed books including Hunger of Memory, Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Father, and Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography.

Sussy Santana, poet and performing artist, is the author of Pelo Bueno y otros poemas, and most recently, Radio ESL. She is the founding member of Las Tenoras, a feminist collective which documents the Latina experience through performance art.

Reshma Sapre was born in India, and grew up in Jersey City, where she got her start working with children as a social worker. She is the author of six works for children, including Patnaxi’s Crezy Long Journey Home.

Andrew Sullivan, founder of The Daily Dish blog, is the author of Virtually Normal: An Argument about Homosexuality, Love Undetectable: Notes on Friendship, Sex and Survival, and The Conservative Soul.

Seth Tobocman was one of the founding editors of the political comic book World War 3 Illustrated.

Karen Valentin is a Puerto Rican–American writer who has authored several books for children, young adults, and adults, including The Flavor of Our Hispanic Faith, Allie’s World, Hallway Diaries: The Summer She Learned to Dance, and What Did Abuela Say?

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