Kimiko Hahn is the author of six collections of poetry winning such awards as the American Book Award, The Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize, and an Association of Asian American Studies Literature Award. She completed a film script inspired by the photographs of Peter Lindbergh and wrote ten portraits of women for the MTV special, "Ain't Nuthin' but a She-Thing". Ms Hahn has received fellowships from The National Endowment for Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is a highly-acclaimed award-winning poet and writer. Her short story collection Arranged Marriage was awarded the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Prize for Fiction, the Bay Area Book Reviewer Award, and an American Book Award. Her first novel Mistress of Spices, released in 1998, has been translated into 12 languages and is being made into a film. For a complete listing of her works, please see her website at www.chitradivakaruni.com .
Emily Pérez holds a Stella M. Erhardt fellowship. She graduated cum laude from Stanford University. Her critical and creative work has appeared in various literary journals, including The Kennesaw Review, Touchstone,and Gulf Coast.