MELINDA LUISA DE JESÚS is Professor of Diversity Studies at California College of the Arts. She is the author of numerous works on feminist critical theory and poetry, and is also a mezzo soprano. 

ELIJAH PRINGLE III is a Philadelphia poet, lyric baritone, composer, actor, and artivist. He is the author of At the Cornerstone, Feeding the Sparrow, and Second Saturday at Serenity, and has appeared on Radio, TV & Stage. He has been quoted in print in Newsweek, The New York Times, and The Philadelphia Daily News. He credits his true education to five generations of teachers.