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Derek Mong is the author of two poetry collections from Saturnalia Books, Other Romes (2011) and The Identity Thief (2018). His chapbook The Ego and the Empiricist (2017) was a finalist for the Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize. The Byron K. Trippet Assistant Professor of English at Wabash College, he holds degrees from Stanford, the University of Michigan and Denison University. His poetry has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Southern Review, New England Review and Writers Resist: Hoosier Writers Unite (2017), among other places. He and his wife, Anne O. Fisher, received the 2018 Cliff Becker Translation Award for The Joyous Science: Selected Poems of Maxim Amelin (White Pine, 2018). Ladan Osman is a Somali-born artist whose work is a lyric and exegetic response to problems of race, gender, displacement and colonialism. She is the author of Exiles of Eden (Coffee House Press, 2019), The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony (University of Nebraska Press, 2015), winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize, and the chapbook Ordinary Heaven, which appeared in the box-set Seven New Generation African Poets (Slapering Hol Press, 2014). She has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Cave Canem, Luminarts Foundation and the Michener Center for Writers, among other awards, and her work has appeared in numerous publications and been translated into over 10 languages. She lives in Brooklyn. Sally Wen Mao is the author of Oculus (Graywolf Press, 2019) and Mad Honey Symposium (Alice James Books, 2014), winner of the 2012 Kinereth Gensler Award. The winner of a Pushcart Prize and the recipient of fellowships and scholarships from Kundiman, the New York Public Library Cullman Center and Bread Loaf Writers Conference, among other awards, Mao holds an MFA from Cornell University.