Afaa Michael Weaver (born Michael S. Weaver) is a native of Baltimore, where he was a factory worker for fifteen years. The Government of Nature is his twelfth collection of poetry; his latest A Hard Summation, is due this summer from Central Square Press. Also a playwright, his new play is GRIP. He has received two Pushcart Awards, the May Sarton Award, and the PDI Award in playwriting from ETA Creative Arts Foundation. He has received fellowships from the NEA, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Pew Foundation, and a Fulbright appointment to Taiwan. As a translator, he works in Chinese. Afaa completed his graduate work in creative writing at Brown University. He also acted in the film A String of Pearls. He teaches at Simmons College, and is a visiting faculty member at Drew University.
Yona Harvey is the author of the poetry collection Hemming the Water. Her poetry and prose have appeared in jubilat, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Rattle, The Volta and elsewhere. Her honors include a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts residency and an Individual Artist Grant in Literary Nonfiction from The Pittsburgh Foundation. Harvey collaborated with poet and visual artist Vanessa German to create “It’s Out of My Hands” and “Calpurnia (Rules)” as part of Ms. German’s exhibition 21st Century Juju: New Magic, Soul Gadgets, and Reckoning. She is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.