Haki R. Madhubuti is an award-winning poet, one of the architects of the Black Arts Movement, an essayist, educator, founder and publisher (Emeritus) of Third World Press (1967) and Third World Press Foundation. He is the author/editor of over thirty-six books of poetry and nonfiction including Don’t Cry, Scream (1969), Run Toward Fear: New Poems and a Poet’s Handbook (2004), YellowBlack: The First Twenty-One Years of a Poet’s Life (2006); Liberation Narratives: New and Collected Poems 1967-2009 (2009), Honoring genius, Gwendolyn Brooks: The narrative of Craft, Art, Kindness and Justice (2011); and the best-selling Black Men: Obsolete, Single, Dangerous? (1991). A long-time community activist and institution builder, Madhubuti is a co-founder of the Institute of Positive Education and its three schools in Chicago. He retired in 2011 after a forty-two-year distinguished teaching career that included Cornell University, Howard University, Chicago State University where he was appointed its first University Distinguished Professor and was the founding Director of its MFA Program in Creative Writing, and DePaul University, where he served as the last Ida B. Wells-Barnett University Professor. Madhubuti’s most recent books are, Taking Bullets: Terrorism and Black Life in Twenty-First Century America (2016), co-editor of Not Our President: New Directions From the Pushed Out, the Others, and the Clear Majority in Trump’s Stolen America (2017) and Taught By Women: Poems As Resistance Language New And Selected (2020).
Kelly Norman Ellis is the author of Tougaloo Blues (2003) and Offerings of Desire (2012). She is a Cave Canem fellow and founding member of the Affrilachian Poets. Ellis is an associate professor of English and creative writing at the Department of English, Foreign Languages and Literatures at Chicago State University.