Cheryl Boyce-Taylor is a poet and teaching artist. She earned an MFA from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine and an MSW from Fordham University. Her collections of poetry include Raw Air (2000), Night When Moon Follows (2000), Convincing the Body (2005), and Arrival (2017), which was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize.
The founder and curator of Calypso Muse and the Glitter Pomegranate Performance Series, Boyce-Taylor is also a poetry judge for the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. She has led workshops for Cave Canem, Poets & Writers, and the Caribbean Literary and Cultural Center. Her poetry has been commissioned by The Joyce Theater and the National Endowment for the Arts for Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence, A Dance Company.
Boyce-Taylor is the recipient of the 2015 Barnes Noble Writers For Writers Award and a VONA fellow. Her life papers and portfolio are stored at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City.
Malcolm Friend is a poet originally from the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle WA. He received his BA from Vanderbilt University, and his MFA from the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of the chapbook mxd kd mixtape (Glass Poetry, 2017) and Our Bruises Kept Singing Purple (Inlandia Books, 2018), selected by Cynthia Arrieu-King as winner of the 2017 Hillary Gravendyk Prize. He has received awards and fellowships from organizations including CantoMundo, Backbone Press, the Center for African American Poetry & Poetics, and the University of Memphis.
Michelle Moncayo is a first-generation poet in New Jersey, by way of Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. She has received fellowships and residencies from CantoMundo, VONA/Voices of Our Nation, Vermont Studio Center, and Sundress Academy for the Arts. She received her BA from Rutgers University where she received Honorable Mention for the Academy of American Poets’ Enid Dame Memorial Prize, and the Evelyn Hamilton Award. Her work has appeared in The Acentos Review, Winter Tangerine Review, Kweli Literary Journal, and Maps for Teeth, among others. She is always down for a good sancocho.