Jossianna Arroyo is Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Literatures
and Cultures in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Warfield
Center for African and African American Studies at the University of Texas
at Austin. She is author of Travestismos culturales: Literatura y etnografía en
Cuba y Brasil and Writing Secrecy in Caribbean Freemasonry.
Marlon M. Bailey is Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies in
the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. He is author
of Butch Queen Up in Pumps: Gender, Performance, and Ballroom Culture in Detroit.
Pamela Booker ( is an interdisciplinary writer/art-
ist/educator and urban growing and sustainability enthusiast. Her literary,
performance, and visual works have been published, staged, and exhibited
in the United States and internationally in Malaysia, Singapore, England,
France, and Germany. She is the recipient of several writing fellowships from
Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Norman Mailer Writers Colony,
and VCCA (Virginia Center for the Creative Arts), among other places. An ex-
cerpt from her forthcoming novel, Fierce! Remains, which explores the early
years of the AIDS crises through the fictional biography of a legendary drag
queen, is featured in the collection Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam’s
Call. Pamela is also pleased to serve as community board member for the
Open Meadows Foundation.
Sharon Bridgforth is a resident playwright at New Dramatists. Bridgforth
is the spring 2014 Playwright in Residence in the University of Iowa’s Play-
wrights Program. She is a recipient of the MAP Fund Award and the National
Performance Network Creation Fund Award. She is author of love conjure/
blues and the Lambda Literary Award–winning the bull-jean stories.
Jennifer DeVere Brody is Professor in the Department of Theater and Per-
formance Studies at Stanford University. She is author of Impossible Purities:
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