Evie Shockley has published several collections of poetry, including a half-red sea and the new black. She also is the author of the critical volume Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry. About the new black, Claudia Rankine writes: "This stunning collection remembers all that has moved through the black body to bring us into the 21st century; and not since Jean Toomer’s Cane has the black female body in particular been portrayed with such compassion and love."
Brando Skyhorse is the author of the novel The Madonnas of Echo Park (a grand mural of a Los Angeles neighborhood and an intimate glimpse into the lives of the men and women who struggle to lose their ethnic identity in the pursuit of the American dream), which won the PEN/Faulkner award. His memoir, Take This Man, chronicles how his Mexican-American mother lied to him by renaming him and claiming they were both Native Americans. Only decades later, as an adult, did he discover his true identity as a Mexican-American.
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J. Robert Lennon is the author of seven novels, including Mailman, Familiar, and Happyland, and the story collections Pieces for the Left Hand and See You in Paradise, a series of speculative short fiction. He teaches writing at Cornell University.
Pam Houston is the author of two collections of linked short stories, Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat, which won the Willa Award for Contemporary Fiction; two novels, Contents May Have Shifted and Sight Hound; and two collections of autobiographical essays, A Rough Guide to the Heart and A Little More About Me. She also has edited a collection entitled Women on Hunting: Essays, Fiction, and Poetry. Houston is known for writing strong female characters set in extreme geographical settings that involve dangerous and physically challenging adventures. She is a professor of English at UC Davis. She divides her time between Davis and southwestern Colorado at 9,000 feet above sea level near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.
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