Jabari Asim is the Director of the Graduate Creative Writing Program at Emerson College and Executive Editor of The Crisis magazine, the flagship journal of the NAACP. He is the author of several books, including his latest, Only The Strong. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts.
Faith Breisblatt, is a social worker and writer who received her masters in social work from Boston University and graduated with a specialization in group work. She currently works as a case manager at Step By Step Supportive Services, a supportive living agency proving residential and community-based services to adults living with psychiatric challenges. She has facilitated many types of groups at her agency and others including expressive arts groups, writing groups, self-esteem building groups, sobriety support groups, and interpersonal skills groups. Faith developed and facilitated the group Pathway to Poetry, a therapeutic poetry workshop for her clients with mental health challenges. Her poetry can be seen in Found Poetry Review, Scripting Change, Toe Good Poetry, Boston Poetry Magazine, and elsewhere.
Pablo Medina has published 16 books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and translation and his work has appeared in magazines and journals worldwide and been translated into several languages. His most recent book of poems, Island History, was published in 2015. He has received fellowships from the Oscar B. Cintas Foundation, the state arts councils of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Currently, he lives in Boston, in an exile surrounded by icicles, and is professor in the Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College.
James Parker is a columnist for The Atlantic and contributing writer for The New York Times as well as Editor of Boston based literary magazine, The Pilgrim. The mission of The Pilgrim is to raise up voices from our homeless community and share them, empowering the writers through self-expression. The magazine was founded after Parker’s participation in a 2011 pilgrimage with members of our local homeless community. Each week, the writers gather for the Black Seed Writers Group at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul and create the pieces that are submitted to the magazine which is published ten times a year.
John Skoyles is the Poetry Editor of Ploughshares and a Professor in the Writing, Literature and Publishing Department at Emerson College. He has published four books of poems, two books of nonfiction and recent autobiographical novel, A Movable Famine. His awards include two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as fellowships from the New York and North Carolina Arts Councils. He has previously taught at Southern Methodist University, Sarah Lawrence College, and Warren Wilson College, where he directed the MFA program. He currently serves as a member of the Writing Committee of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. His New & Selected Poems is forthcoming in 2016.