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Jane Lazarre
Jane Lazarre

Eric Liu
Eric Liu

Ruben Martinez
Ruben Martinez
Danzy Senna
Danzy Senna
John Edgar Wideman
John Edgar Wideman
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Jane Lazarre

Jane Lazarre is an award-winning writer of fiction, memoir and personal essay. Her most recent books are Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness: A Memoir of a White Mother of Black Sons, and, Wet Earth and Dreams: A Narrative of Grief and Recovery, both published by Duke University Press. Duke has also reissued her first memoir, The Mother Knot. She has read her work and spoken about writing, race and American identities in many universities, conferences and secondary schools. She is on the faculty of Eugene Lang College, New School University, where she directed the Creative Writing Program for many years and now teaches writing and literature. She is the recipient of the prestigious University Teaching Award. She has recently completed a novel, Three White Women, and edited a collection of essays, Writers Teaching Writing. She is at work on a collection of her own essays entitled, Writing As A Beautiful Resistance.


1. Wet Earth and Dreams: A Narrative of Grief and Recovery. Duke University Press (Aug. 1998)
2. Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness: Memoir of a White Mother of Black Sons. Duke University Press (Aug. 1996)
3. One Loving Men. Doubleday (February 1980)
4. The Mother Knot. Beacon Press; Reprint edition (January 1986)
5. some kind of innocence: a novella. Dial Press
6. The Powers of Charlotte. Crossing Press, Reprint edition (Sept. 1988)
7. Worlds Beyond My Control. Painted Leaf Press (March 1991)

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Eric Liu

Eric Liu is an author and educator who has served in leadership roles in national politics and publishing. Liu is the founder of How We Teach, a multimedia education project, and is at work on a book for Random House about ways people teach, across many cultures and walks of life. He is the author of The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker, which was a New York Times Notable Book and was editor of the Norton anthology Next: Young American Writers on the New Generation. Liu served as a foreign policy speechwriter for President Clinton and later as White House deputy domestic policy adviser. He was the founder and editor of The Next Progressive, a widely acclaimed journal of opinion by writers in their twenties and thirties. Liu is a regular political commentator on CNN and speaks frequently at campuses and conferences. He is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School and now lives in Seattle with his wife and daughter.


1. The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker. New York: Random House, (Sept. 1999)
2. "Chinaman's Chance: Reflections on the American Dream," Next: Young American Writers on the New Generation. Ed. Eric Liu, Norton, W.W. & Company (April 1994)

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Ruben Martinez

Ruben Martinez is a writer and performer. He is the author of CROSSING OVER: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail (Picador, 2002), THE OTHER SIDE: Notes from the New L.A., Mexico City and beyond (Vintage, 1993), and the upcoming THE NEW AMERICANS (The New Press, 2004). He is associate professor of creative writing at the University of Houston and an associate editor at Pacific News Service.


1. Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail. Picador (Aug. 2002)
2. East Side Stories. Contr. PowerHouse Cultural Entertainment, Inc. (Aug. 2000)
3. Chicanos in Higher Education: Issues and Dilemmas for the 21st Century. Wiley, John & Sous, Inc. (Feb. 2000)

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Danzy Senna

Danzy Senna's first novel, Caucasia, a national best-seller, won of the Book of the Month Club's Stephen Crane First Fiction Award, was listed as a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the year, and was nominated for both the Orange Prize and the IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize. Caucasia has been published in seven countries. Her essays and short stories have been widely anthologized and her non-fiction has appeared in magazines, such as Newsweek, The Village Voice Literary Supplement and The Nation. Ms. Senna recently received the Whiting Writers Award and holds the Jenks Chair of Contemporary American Letters at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her second novel will be published by Riverhead Books in April, 2004.


1. Caucasia. Penguin Putnam (January 1999)
2. To Be Real: Telling the Truth and Changing the Face of Feminism. Ed. Rebecca Walker; Doubleday
3. Half and Half: Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural. Ed. Claudine O'Hearn; Pantheon
4. Giant Steps: A New Generation of African-American Writers. Ed. Kevin Young; Harper Perennial
Writings have also appeared in:
1. The Nation
2. O: The Oprah Magazine
3. Salon.com
4. The UTNE Reader - "The Mulatto Millenium: Waking Up in an Age of Racial Ambiguity"
5. Newsweek - regularly contributed journalistic pieces

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John Edgar Wideman

John Edgar Wideman was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in the Homewood section of Pittsburgh. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and became an All-Ivy League forward on the basketball team, and studied philosophy as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, where he founded and chaired the African American Studies Department, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, among other universities. He is the first writer to win the PEN/Faulkner Award twice, in 1984 for Sent for You Yesterday and in 1990 for Philadelphia Fire. His nonfiction book Brothers and Keepers received a National Book Critics Circle nomination, and his memoir Fatheralong was a finalist for the National Book Award.


1. Brothers and Keepers. Alfred A. Knopf (Aug. 1995)
2. Philadelphia Fire. Ed. Erroll McDonald. Knopf Publishing Group (June 1991)
3. Hoop Roots: Basketball, Race, and Love. Houghton Mifflin (Feb. 2003)
4. The Island: Martinique. National Geographic Society (Feb. 2003)
5. The Cattle Killing. Houghton Mifflin Co. (Oct. 1997)
6. Sent for You Yesterday. Houghton Mifflin Co., Reprint edition (Oct. 1997)
7. Fever: Twelve Stories. Penguin Group, USA, Inc., Reprint Edition (Sept. 1990)
8. Damballah (1981)
9. Hiding Place (1981)
17. My Sould has Grown Deep: Classics of Early African-American Literature. Ballantine Books (Oct. 2002)
10. Conversations with John Edgar Weideman. Ed. Bonnie Tusmith. University of Mississippi Press (Aut. 1998)
11. Fatheralong: A Meditation on Fathers and Sons, Race and Society. Ed. Erroll McDonald. Random House (Aug. 1995)

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