Tina Chang is Brooklyn Poet Laureate. Author of the poetry collections Of Gods and Strangers (2011) and Half-Lit Houses (2004), her poems have been published in American Poet, McSweeney's, The New York Times, and Ploughshares, among others. She has received awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Poets & Writers, the Van Lier Foundation among others. She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and she is also a member of the international writing faculty at the City University of Hong Kong, the first low-residency MFA program to be established in Asia. Of her poetry, Li-Young Lee has said, "Her poems perform the ancient tasks of remembrance, recovery, and praise."

NATHALIE HANDAL is the author of numerous books, most recently the acclaimed Poet in Andalucía, which Alice Walker lauds as "poems of depth and weight and the sorrowing song of longing and resolve"; and Love and Strange Horses, winner of the 2011 Gold Medal Independent Publisher Book Award, which The New York Times says is "a book that trembles with belonging (and longing)." She is a Lannan Foundation Fellow, winner of the Alejo Zuloaga Order in Literature, and Honored Finalist for the Gift of Freedom Award, among other honors. She writes the literary travel column "The City and the Writer" for Words without Borders, and is professor at Columbia University, and part of the Low-Residency MFA Faculty at Sierra Nevada College.

RAVI SHANKAR is founding editor of Drunken Boat, one of the world's oldest electronic journals of the arts, and author/editor/publisher of eight books and chapbooks of poetry, including the 2010 National Poetry Review Prize winner, Deepening Groove, called the work of "one of America's finest younger poets" by Connecticut poet laureate Dick Allen. He has won a Pushcart Prize, been featured in The New York Times and the Chronicle of Higher Education, appeared on the BBC and NPR, received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and performed his work around the world, including at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival and the National Arts Club. He currently teaches at CCSU and the MFA Program at City University of Hong Kong.