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Founded in 1980, Milkweed Editions is an independent book publisher. Our mission is to identify, nurture and publish transformative literature, and build an engaged community around it. As a nonprofit organization, Milkweed Editions depends on the generosity of institutions and individuals, in addition to revenue generated by sales of the books we publish. In an increasingly consolidated book business, this support allows us to select and publish books on the basis of their literary quality and transformative potential.
Affrilachian Poets give glimpses of life in the American Black South and Appalachian region. The ensemble of African-American writers challenge simple notions of an all-white Appalachian region and culture while drawing on traditions such as the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement, and experiences of the African Diaspora. The poetry of the Affrilachian Poets celebrates their African heritage and rural roots while encompassing themes of racism and Black identity. See, also, Pluck.
Cave Canem Foundation
Cave Canem is a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets.
The Guild Literary Complex has been a Chicago-based literary organization presenting and supporting diverse, divergent, and emerging voices through programming that is as dynamic as Chicago itself. Actively working with individuals and organizations from all of Chicago’s many neighborhoods, the Guild seeks to connect seemingly disparate groups and geographies through literature—bringing unexpected writers, programs, and audiences together.
Global Writes is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote literacy, communication and collaboration among young people through the integration of performing arts and technology resources.
Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet and photographer. Her literary and visual work has been widely published in journals, magazines, anthologies, and periodicals including Callaloo, The New York Times, Poets & Writers, The Writer’s Chronicle, Crab Orchard Review, Mosaic In 2011, Griffiths appeared in the first ever poetry issue in Oprah’s O Magazine as a new emerging poet. Her full-length collection, Mule & Pear (New Issues Poetry & Prose/2011) was selected for the 2012 Inaugural Poetry Award by the Black Caucus American Library Association.
Susan Aurinko, a photographer and curator, has shown her work in France, Italy, and India, as well as in the US. Aurinko’s work appears on several book covers, including The Stranger Among Us, Ariel, and Slut Lullabies, and four of her photographs are included in the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s permanent collection. In addition, many of her images hang in private collections in France, Italy, Monaco, India, the UK, and across the US. Her photography can be seen at www.aurinkophoto.com. Aurinko is on the Advisory Committee of the International Photography Awards (Lucie Awards) as well as having been an IPA Juror for three years.
Ellen Hagan is a writer, performer, and educator. Ellen's poems and essays can be found in the pages of Creative Nonfiction, Underwired Magazine, She Walks in Beauty (edited by Caroline Kennedy), Huizache, Small Batch, and Southern Sin. Ellen teaches Memoir, Poetry & Nature, and co-leads the Alice Hoffman Young Writer's Retreat at Adelphi University. She is Poetry Chair of the DreamYard Project and a regular guest artist at the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts and Cold Spring Harbor Schools
David Flores is a photographer and filmmaker based in New York City. His photography can be found on the covers of Poets & Writers, MIX Magazine, and PLUCK. His work has been showcased at the Kentucky Center, the Allen R. Hite Gallery, the Verbal Arts Centre of Northern Ireland, and film festivals across the country. Corporate clients include General Electric, Willett Distillery, B&H Photo, the Audubon Society, Sawyer House Press, Counterevolution, Adelphi University, Kentucky Bourbon Marketplace, Northwestern University Press, Bronx Pro and others. In 2011, David produced a series of short films with poet Nikky Finney for the National Book Award Winner, Head Off & Split.
Serena wholeheartedly believes that a consistent, passionate, aligned yoga practice has the power to transform your life. She has studied yoga and several traditions of meditation for over a thousand hours with some of the most renowned teachers throughout the world. Serena considers herself a lifelong student of yoga and continues to train extensively to keep her classes intelligent, fresh, and inspired.
Beginning in 1995, Shorefront has, and continues to amass an archival collection of artifacts, documents, photographs and family archives that represent and depict the lives of Blacks on the Chicago suburban North Shore. There is currently over 120 linear feet of documents ready for use in scholarly activities with an additional 70 linear feet (and growing) acquisition of new documents where interns process for university class credit.
The African Poetry Book Fund
The African Poetry Book Fund promotes and advances the development and publication of the poetic arts through its book series, contests, workshops, and seminars and through its collaborations with publishers, festivals, booking agents, colleges, universities, conferences and all other entities that share an interest in the poetic arts of Africa. The Fund is committed to seeking the resources to support this mission and to ensure that all its efforts are carried out with excellence.
AIO! Educational Tours
AIO! is a non-profit organization, operating exclusively for educational and cultural travel and advancement. We provide international and cross-cultural learning opportunities for individuals, families and educational institutions all over the world. Our travel excursions provide cultural immersion and education, as well as offering artistic inspiration. Built on the ideals of sustainability and community outreach, AIO!’s commitment to an individual’s cultural development is rooted in our understanding that traveling, discovering new places, reflecting on new ideas and engaging in human fellowship are vital components in the of cultivation of people from all walks of life