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Spoken Word Artist
Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman is a digital innovator who created the online community LiberatedMuse.com in 2008 which has grown into the touring company Liberated Muse Arts Group. She edited the books Liberated Muse Volume I: How I Freed My Soul (Outskirts Press, 2009) and Liberated Muse Volume II: Betrayal Wears a Pretty Face (Liberated Muse Publications, 2012) and released her first poetry chapbook Revisionist Tale in 2010. In 2011 eMedia recognized her as Woman of Power in Media and in 2012 she was recognized as a Top FORTY Under 40 in the Arts and Humanities by the Prince George's County Social Innovation Fund. That year she also received recognition by Womanifesting, Inc. as an "Artist of Distinction". She has shared her poetry on many stages throughout the United States and focuses on issues ranging from gender equity, identity and culture to motherhood, community and the metaphysical.
Fiction Writer, Poet
John Manuel Arias is a first-generation Costa Rican / Uruguayan poet and crepe-maker. Born is Washington DC, he currently lives in San José, Costa Rica with his grandmother and 5 ghosts.
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet
Sandra Beasley is the author of two poetry collections: I Was the Jukebox, selected by Joy Harjo as the winner of the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Theories of Falling, selected by Marie Howe as the winner of the 2007 New Issues Poetry Prize. Her poems appeared in such journals as Poetry, Tin House, Virginia Quarterly Review, and the Best American Poetry 2010. She is also an essayist whose work has appeared in the Washington Post Magazine, The Oxford American, and The New York Times Book Review. In 2010, Crown published her memoir Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, a cultural history of food allergy. She lives in Washington, DC, and teaches with the low-res MFA program at the University of Tampa.