Harold Buchanan earned a B.A. in Mathematics from Swarthmore College, and was one of the first to earn a Concentration in Black Studies. He is a retired computer technology professional from New Jersey. He is also an accomplished photographer with a passion for nature and travel photography. He has traveled extensively to observe and photograph wildlife. Harold is a co-founder of the Swarthmore Black Alumni Network (SBAN).
Robert Casper is the head of the Poetry and Literature Center in the Office of Scholarly Programs at the Library of Congress. The Poetry and Literature Center administers both the noon and the evening series and is the home of the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. Many of the nation’s most eminent poets have served as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress
Staceyann Chin is a poet, actor, performing artist and the author of the critically acclaimed memoir The Other Side of Paradise. She is also the cowriter and original performer in the Tony Award–winning Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, and author of the one-woman shows Hands Afire, Unspeakable Things, Border/Clash, and MotherStruck. Her poetry been featured in the New York Times and the Washington Post. Crossfire (Haymarket Books) offers more than 50 of Staceyann Chin's empowering, feminist-LGBTQ-Caribbean, activist-driven poetry for the first time in a single book. The collection includes verses about the intersection of love, sex, race, gender, trauma, queerness, motherhood, and oppression and offers reflections from the #MeToo movement to 9/11. According to The New York Times, Chin is “sassy, rageful and sometimes softly self-mocking.” The Advocate says that her poems, “combine hilarious one-liners with a refusal to conform” and note “Chin is out to confront more than just the straight world.”