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Asani Charles, Choctaw/Chickasaw/African American, begins her days with the ringing of a school bell. A secondary English teacher, she enjoys teaching Post Modernism and Multicultural Literature. After a lifetime in their native Southern California, Asani and her family moved to country Mesquite, Texas, where she spends her weekends listening to American Indian radio and hunting for local powwows to dance Women’s Southern Cloth. Her poetry has appeared in Yellow Medicine Review, Red Ink Magazine and Ahani; Indigenous American Poetry. She hopes to publish her first novel soon.
Ann Howells, a Maryland native who resides in Dallas Texas, has served on the board of Dallas Poets Community, a 501-c-3 non-profit, since 2001, as president from 2009-2012. She has edited its biannual journal, Illya’s Honey, since 1999. Her chapbook, the Rosebud Diaries, was released as a limited edition from Willett Press in 2012. She has been interviewed on J.W. Clark’s television show, Writers Around Annapolis, and had her work read on NPR (Atlanta).