Mecca Jamilah Sullivan is from Harlem, New York. Her fiction has appeared in Callaloo, Best New Writing, Crab Orchard Review, The Minnesota Review, Bloom, X-24: Unclassified, Baobab: South African Journal of New Writing, 2010 Robert Olen Butler Fiction Prize Stories, and other publications. She is the winner of the Charles Johnson Fiction Award, the William Gunn Fiction Award, the James Baldwin Memorial Playwriting Award, and the second place winner of the American Short Fiction Short Story Contest. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate and Dean’s Scholar in English Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, and is completing her first novel.
Dolen Perkins-Valdez is the author of the novel Wench. Her fiction and essays have appeared in StoryQuarterly, Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories 2009, The Kenyon Review, PMS: PoemMemoirStory, North Carolina Literary Review, and Richard Wright Newsletter. Born and raised in Memphis, a graduate of Harvard, and a former University of California postdoctoral fellow, Perkins-Valdez lives in Washington, DC.