Ali Jimale Ahmed, poet, academic, cultural critic, and short story writer, is Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature, Queens College-Cuny. His books include Daybreak is Near: Literature, Clans, and the Nation-State in Somalia, Fear is a Cow, Diaspora Blues, and When Donkeys Give Birth to Calves. His poetry and short stories have been translated into several languages.
Amani Muthana is a writer born and raised in Queens, New York. She graduated from Queens College with a degree in Comparative Literature and is currently enrolled there as a MFA candidate in short story fiction. She loves encompassing in her writing the various cultures in Queens as well as her own as a Yemeni American.