Glyne Griffith is associate professor of English at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. He is the author of Deconstruction Imperialism and the West Indian Novel (1996), and is completing a book on Henry Swanzy and the BBC “Caribbean Voices” radio program.
Nalini Persram is a lecturer in the Department of Political Science, Trinity College, Dublin, where she teaches international relations and nationalism. Her research interests include comparative colonial history, political theory, feminism, the Caribbean and postcoloniality. She is working on a book that focuses on nationalist discourse and postcolonial identity in Guyana.
Faith Smith is an associate professor at Brandeis University, Waltham, where she teaches Caribbean literature and African American literature. Her book on J. J. Thomas and nineteenth-century intellectual formation in the anglophone Caribbean will be published by University of Virginia Press.
David Austin is a community worker and independent researcher based in Montreal, Canada. He is also a founder of the Alfie Roberts Institute, an independent, community-based social change organization and research and documentation center, also based in Montreal. He is currently editing the proceedings of the 1968 Congress of Black Writers for publication.
Walter Rodney (1942–1980) was a historian of great brilliance and a political activist of deep commitment. He was a founder of the Working People's Alliance in Guyana and the author of Groundings with My Brothers (1969), The History of the Upper Guinea Coast, 1545–1800 (1970), How Europe Underdeveloped Africa (1972) and A History of the Guyanese Working People, 1881–1905 (1981).
Yanick Lahens is a Haitian essayist, a novelist and a teacher. In 1994, she published her first fictional work, a collection of short stories, Tante Résia et les dieux, followed by La Petite corruption, in 1999. Her first novel, Dans la maison du père, was published in France in 2000. One of her stories from Tante Résia et les dieux has been translated in English and published in Charles Rowell's anthology, Ancestral House (1995). She is an active member of the Association of Haitian Writers and of the Conseil International d'Études Francophones (CIEF).
Meredith M.Gadsby is an assistant professor of African American studies at Oberlin College. Her work focuses on literatures of Africa and the African diaspora. Presently she is working on a study titled “Little Salt Won't Kill You: Caribbean Women Writers, Migration and the Politics of Survival.”