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Nikky Finney, Poet, Writer

Nikky Finney is the author of four books of poetry and a collection of short stories, including On Wings Made of Gauze, Rice, and Heartwood. Born in South Carolina to activist parents, Finney came of age during the Civil Rights and Black Arts Movements, noting, “I’ve never been far away from the human-rights struggle black people have been involved with…
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Jacqueline Patterson, Activist, Writer

Jacqueline Patterson is the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. Since 2007 she has served as coordinator and co-founder of Women of Color United. She has worked as a researcher, program manager, coordinator, advocate, and activist working on women’s rights, violence against women, HIV/AIDS, racial justice, economic justice, and environmental and climate justice. She was also a…
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Frank X Walker, Poet

Frank X Walker is the author of five collections of poetry including Buffalo Dance:The Journey of York (2003), which won the Lillian Smith Book Award; Isaac Murphy: I Dedicate This Ride (2010); and his most recent collection, Turn Me Loose:  The Unghosting of Medgar Evers (2013).  He is a co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets and the editor of Pluck! The…
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Michelle García, Writer

Michelle García is a writer, radio reporter, and video journalist whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, Salon, The Boston Review, The Texas Observer and numerous other media outlets. She is the producer and director of the PBS documentary Against Mexico: The Making of Heroes and Enemies, and she is traveling the U.S.-Mexico border working on a book about…
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