Her poems and short fiction have also been included in Moving Borders: Three Decades of Innovative Writing by Women (ed. Mary Margaret Sloan, 1998); Trouble the Water: 250 Years of African-American Poetry (ed. Jerry Ward, 1997); African American Literature: A Brief Introduction and Anthology (eds. Al Young and Ishmael Reed, 1996); Ecstatic Occasions. Expedient Forms (ed. David Lehman, 1996); In Search of Color Everywhere (ed. E. Ethelbert Miller, 1994); The Jazz Poetry Anthology (eds. Sasha Feinstein and Yusef Komunyakaa, 1991); O#2 Anthology (ed. Leslie Scalapino, 1991); and elementary and secondary school textbooks, including a new edition of Reflections on A Gift of Watermelon Pickle, (eds. Stephen Dunning, Edward Lueders, Naomi Shihab Nye, Keith Gilyard, and Demetrice A. Worley; 1995).  Her honors include artist grants from the Texas Institute of Letters and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, the Gertrude Stein Award in Innovative American Poetry, and a Rockefeller Fellowship from the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Women's Studies at the University of Rochester. Harryette Mullen teaches African-American literature and creative writing in the English Department at the University of California, Los Angeles. 

Kamau Daaood   A pioneer of the spoken word movement,  Daaood has been a powerful artistic and social force, an inspired seer/seeker. Whether collaborating with renowned musicians, heading up a performance group or inspiring and nurturing new talent, he speaks to and from the urgency of his time.  Kamau Daaood, performance poet and community arts activist, is the artistic director of Los Angeles' World Stage Performance Gallery, which he co-founded with master drummer Billy Higgins. His work can be heard on his award-winning CD "Leimert Park." Language of Saxophones is Kamau lastest Poetry Book offering.

Her poetry appears in The San Gabriel Valley Poetry Review, Wavelength and So Luminous the Wildflowers - An Anthology of California Poetry from Tebot Bach Press. Her art has been exhibited at the Barnsdall Art Center, Rock Rose Gallery, Gallery 727 and is in personal collections. Keren holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the University of British Columbia, a Piano Performance Degree from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto and a Diploma from the American Music and Dramatic Academy, New York City.    

 

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Jawanza Dumisani  is Director of the Anansi Poetry Workshop at the World Stage. His first chapbook, Stoetry, was an editor’s choice on FoxStarFire Press, and Beyond Baroque selected him as an emerging voice in the 2003 LA Poetry Festival. A Detroit native, Dumisani is working on his first novel, Nails, Flowers, Blood, and Stone, a tale of Motown in the 1960s.

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Jeanete Clough 's collection, Cantatas, appeared in 2002 from Tebot Bach Press. Among the journals publishing her poetry are Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Nimrod, Ohio Review, Atlanta Review, Pool, Runes, and Poetrybay.com. She is an assistant editor for Solo: A Journal of Poetry, and also curates and co-hosts the monthly Poem.X series in Santa Monica. She has been a featured poet at many California festivals and venues, including the Long Beach, San Luis Obispo, and San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festivals; Barnsdall Art Park, Pasadena Central Library, and Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center. Clough was born in Paterson, New Jersey. She received a Masters degree from the University of Chicago and currently works for the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. Of her work, Victor D. Infante says, "Her writing is delicate, almost brittle, yet it burns with a power that can only be achieved by one who is speaking the truth." (OC Weekly, March 20-26, 1998, p66). In his introduction to Cantatas, David St. John states, "This is a songbook that maps our hopes and dreams, our accomplishments and out defeats. It is a collection of maturity, beauty, and lasting power." (MoonDay)

Jennifer Kwon Dobbs was born in Won Ju, South Korea and holds degrees from Oklahoma State University and the  University of Pittsburgh. Her poetry has appeared in 5AM, Crazyhorse, Cimarron Review, Cream City Review, Poetry NZ,  Tulane Review, and Echoes upon Echoes: New Korean American Writings (Temple UP 2003) and has been featured on  Prosody WYEP 91.3 Pittsburgh. She has poems forthcoming in Mi Po and Contemporary Voices from the Eastern World  (W.W. Norton 2007). "Among Joshua Trees," her music collaboration with the composer, Steven Gates, debuted in  Carnegie Hall as a selection of the New York Youth Symphony's "First Music" program.   She is also a recipient of the Edward G. Moses Prize in Poetry, runner up for “Emerging Writers” from Rivendell Magazine, and finalist for the New  Issues Press Prize in Poetry. Currently, she is Edwin Mem fellow and a doctoral candidate in the Ph.D. in Literature and  Creative Writing Program at the University of Southern California where she co-founded the SummerTIME writing  curriculum, a bridge program for Los Angeles inner-city high school graduates accepted to college.

Jennifer Tseng was born in Indiana and raised in California. She received her MA in Asian American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, her MFA from the University of Houston and she was twice a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. In addition to having taught Asian American Studies and Creative Writing at UCLA and Hampshire College respectively, she has taught Poetic Forms for Khmer Girls in Action in Long Beach and Poetry in Translation for the A Room of Her Own Foundation in New Mexico. Her poetry and prose have appeared in Barrow Street, Glimmer Train Stories, Indiana Review, Ploughshares and elsewhere. She lives in California and Massachusetts.

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Jerry Danielsen, the owner/operator of Busy Signal Studios, earned degrees from both California Institute of the Arts and Sound Master Audio/Video Institute. The most recent performances of his contemporary chamber music were featured at concert halls in the U.S., Europe, and India. He is the proud author of two poetry chapbooks"What?" and "Spiritual Ennui" 
 

Also a highly-regarded poet, Natal's first full-length collection, In the Bee Trees was a finalist for the 2000 Pen Center Award in poetry. A second collection, Talking Back to the Rocks, was published by Archer Books in 2003. His poetry recently has been published, is forthcoming, or has been reviewed in Runes, Pool, Reed, The Paterson Literary Review, Poetry International, and The Los Angeles Review. His work also appears in the new anthologies Mischief, Caprice and Other Poetic Strategies, Open Windows, Blue Arc, and Ghost of a Chance, and recently was selected as a winner of the postcard poetry contest sponsored by Writers at Work and the City of Los Angeles. Natal curates and co-hosts the long-running Poem.X monthly poetry series in Santa Monica. With his wife, graphic designer and book artist Tania Baban, he founded ConfluX Press in 2004, specializing in handmade books and custom editions. He currently is completing his MFA in Creative Writing Degree at Antioch University Los Angeles.

Harryette Mullen was born in Florence, Alabama, and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. She has earned degrees in English and in Literature from the University of Texas, Austin, and the University of California, Santa Cruz. Early in her career as a poet, she worked in the Artists in Schools program sponsored by the Texas Commission on the Arts, and for six years she taught African-American and other U.S. ethnic literatures at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Her books of poetry include Muse & Drudge (Singing Horse, 1995), S*PeRM**K*T (1992), Trimmings (1991), and Tree Tall Woman (1981).  Her poetry has appeared in journals and magazines including Agni Review, Antioch Review, Arras, Big Allis, Black Renaissance, Bombay Gin, Chain, Epoch, Furnitures, Hambone, Hole, La Jornada Semanal, Long News in the Short Century, Parnassus, Proliferation, Prosodia, Voice Literary Supplement, and The World.

Keren Taylor is a songwriter, vocalist, poet, visual artist and the founder of WriteGirl. Passionate about inspiring others to cultivate their creative ideas, Keren has conducted more than 150 songwriting, poetry and “Art & Words” workshops in New York and Los Angeles for both children and adults. In launching a new nonprofit organization, she has found the perfect vehicle for more than ten years of experience in arts education, media and public relations, sales, marketing, event planning and freelance writing and editing. Keren has performed her original music across the country in concert halls, theatres, clubs and festivals with her acapella vocal group, The Trembles, and as a solo artist. She has opened for such acts as Blood, Sweat & Tears, Marvin Hamlisch, Dana Carvey, Frank Sinatra Jr. and Gladys Knight. She spent a year in Las Vegas as one of the featured performers in “Madhattan” a musical production of New York street musicians at the New York New York Hotel & Casino.

Jim Natal  - Chicago native Jim Natal came to Los Angeles via Santa Fe. His poetry recently has appeared or is forthcoming in Spillway, Rattle, Saturday Afternoon Journal, Squaw Valley Review, Blue Satellite, 51%, 1998 California Poetry Calendar, and the anthologies Roadside Distractions and Beyond the Valley of The Contemporary Poets 1997. Natal's first chapbook, Explaining Water With Water, was published in May 1997, by Inevitable Press as part of the Laguna Poets Series. Natal, with Central Coast poet Carla Martinez, was the winner of the 1997 Walt Whitman Call and Response Poetry Contest. He is a co-host of the HyperPoets weekly reading series at the Rose Cafe in Venice, CA.  Jim Natal worked for 25 years as a creative executive for the NFL, editing trade books, writing features and copy for NFL publications, and working with the league's corporate sponsors on national marketing programs. 

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