Cheryl Clarke is the author of many books of poetry and prose, including Living As A Lesbian (1986), Experimental Love (1993), the critical study After Mecca: Women Poets and the Black Arts Movement (2005), and By My Precise Haircut (2016). She is on the faculty of Rutgers University for many years, she now lives with her partner Barbara J. Balliet, in Hobart, New York, where she co-owns Blenheim Hill Books.
Stephen Motika is the author of the poetry collection Western Practice (2012) and the poetry chapbooks Arrival and At Mono (2007), In the Madrones (2011), and Private Archive (2016). He is also the editor of Tiresias: The Collected Poems of Leland Hickman (2009) and co-editor of Dear Kathleen: On the Occasion of Kathleen Fraser's 80th Birthday (2017). For many years he has served on the staff of Poets House in New York, and he is the publisher of Nightboat Books.