HAFIZAH AUGUSTUS GETER Hafizah Augustus Geter is a Nigerian-American poet, writer, and literary agent born in Zaria, Nigeria, and raised in Akron, Ohio, and Columbia, South Carolina. Her debut memoir, The Black Period: On Personhood, Race & Origin, (Random House, 2022) is winner of the 2023 PEN Open Book Award, winner of a 2023 Lammy Award in LGBTQ+ Nonfiction from Lambda Literary, a New Yorker Magazine Best Book of 2022, a Good Morning America Anticipated Book, an Amazon's Best of the Month Editor's Pick, and a finalist for the 2023 Chautauqua Prize. Hafizah is also the author of the debut poetry collection Un-American from Wesleyan University Press (September 2020), nominated for a 2021 NAACP Image Award, a finalist for the 2021 PEN Open Book Award, and longlisted for the 2021 Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize. Hafizah’s writing has appeared in Harper's Bazaar, The New Yorker, Academy of American Poet's Poem-A-Day, The Funambulist, Salon, BOMB Magazine, The Believer, and Paris Review, among others. She holds an BA in English and economics from Clemson University, an MFA in poetry from Columbia College Chicago, an MFA in nonfiction from New York University, where she was an Axinn Fellow.
DANIEL RAMOS is a Mexican American artist and photographer who divides his time between New Haven, CT, Brooklyn, NY, and Monterrey, MX. Ramos received a BFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2003 and has recently expanded his practice to include photomontage, sculpture and installation. His solo exhibitions include Artpace in San Antonio, TX and Filter Photo in Chicago, IL. His work has been featured in NYTimes Lens, PDN online, and AI-AP Latin America and is in the permanent collections of Leo Burnett Worldwide and the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. Ramos was an Artist in residence at Light Work, Syracuse, NY in June 2021 and completed the 2020-2021 Pollock-Krasner Residency at ISCP in Brooklyn, NY. Ramos has been a visiting artist lecturer at Yale University, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts among others. He was the recipient of the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor prize in 2018.