José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants and the author of the book of poems, Citizen Illegal. In 2018, he was awarded the first annual Author and Artist in Justice Award from the Phillips Brooks House Association. He is the co-host of the poetry podcast, The Poetry Gods, and a recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo, Poets House, the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, & the Conversation Literary Festival. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Chicago Magazine & elsewhere.
Natalie Scenters-Zapico is from the sister cities of El Paso, Texas, U.S.A., and Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua, México. Her first book The Verging Cities (Center for Literary Publishing 2015) won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, Great Lakes Colleges Association's New Writers Award, NACCS Foco Book Prize, Utah Book Award, and was featured in Poets and Writers, LitHub, and the Los Angeles Times. Lima :: Limón, her second collection, is forthcoming (Copper Canyon Press, May 2019). Currently, she holds fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and CantoMundo. She is a Professor of Literature at Bennington College and a recipient of the 2018 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. In Fall 2019, she will be joining the faculty at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.
Raymond Antrobus was born in London to an English mother and a Jamaican father. He is the author of To Sweeten Bitter (Out-Spoken Press) and The Perseverance (Penned In The Margins), which was named a poetry book of the year by The Guardian and The Sunday Times and was the UK Poetry Book Society’s ‘Winter Choice’ in 2018. His poetry has previously been published in POETRY, The Poetry Review, Poets.org, The Deaf Poets Society, and The Guardian, among others. The recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, Complete Works 3, and Jerwood Compton Poetry, Antrobus is also one of the world's first recipients of an MA in Spoken Word education from Goldsmiths University. In 2018 he was awarded “The Geoffrey Dearmer Prize,” and in 2019 he was nominated for a Ted Hughes award for innovation in poetry.