Lola Haskins is the author of twelve books of poetry and three of prose. Her poetry titles include How Small, Confronting Morning (2016); and the Florida Book Awards winners The Grace to Leave (2012), and Still, the Mountain (2010). Her prose writings include Fifteen Florida Cemeteries, Strange Tales Unearthed (2011) Among her honors are the Iowa Poetry Prize, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, several awards for narrative poetry, and the Emily Dickinson Prize from Poetry Society of America. Asylum: Improvisations on John Claire (Pitt) presents the kind of journey John Clare might have taken in 1841 if, when he escaped the madhouse, he'd been traveling in his head rather than on his feet. Lola Haskins starts out with as little sense of direction as Clare had, and yet, after wandering all over the map, she too finally reaches her destination. The four sections in this book are where she rests for the night. The first looks tenderly at the cycle of human life. The second renders the world around her as if she were painting it. By the third, having lost her way, she turns to the supernatural and in the process is sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. The book ends as she finds it again and arrives in her dear north-west England, having learned from John Clare that she “can be homeless at home and half-gratified to find I can be happy anywhere.”
Tom Healy is a writer and activist. He leads The Brooklyn Conference on Art and Social Change at The Brooklyn Museum and hosts a public conversation series on creativity at The Bass in Miami Beach. Healy is the author of three books of poems, Velvet, Animal Spirits and What the Right Hand Knows, which was a finalist for the 2009 L.A. Times Book Prize and the Lambda Literary Award. From 2011 through 2014, Healy served as Chairman of the Fulbright Scholarship Board, which oversees the worldwide Fulbright scholars program.
In Candids Miami (Wynwood Books), photographer Manny Hernandez has captured Miami's flash and pizzazz in decades worth of candid images. From Selena to Madonna and from Robin Williams to Vercace, his photographs chronicle the Magic City's celebrity-driven tipping point of the late 1980s and 1990s. As a social photographer, he documents the city's partying ways as well as its rise to cultural significance. Reflecting the city's multicultural embrace of all things celebrity, Hernandez's Candids are sparkling points within the broad strokes of Miami's emergent pop-culture landscape.
Joan Hilty directs comics and graphic novel publishing at Nickelodeon, and is Editor-in-Chief of the book producer Pageturner. She has been a senior editor at DC Comics/Vertigo and a syndicated cartoonist. She co-chairs the Brooklyn Book Festival graphics committee and teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Marilyn Holifield, a partner in Holland & Knight, an international law firm, earned a B. A. in economics and a Concentration in Black Studies from Swarthmore College and a Juris Doctor from Harvard. Her legal career started at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. She was appointed General Counsel of New York State Division for Youth. At Holland & Knight, she became the first black woman partner of a major law firm in Florida. Seven Sisters and a Brother (Books & Books Press) tells the story of seven women and one man at the heart of the historical eight-day sit-in at Swarthmore College in 1969 protesting decreased enrollment and hiring of African Americans and demanding a Black Studies curriculum. Written by the former students themselves — Joyce Frisby Baynes, Harold S Buchanan, Jannette O. Domingo, Marilyn J. Holifield, Aundrea White Kelley, Marilyn Allman Maye, Myra E. Rose Rose, and Bridget Van Gronigen Warren — Seven Sisters… also includes autobiographical chapters, providing a cross-sectional view into the lives of young people during the Civil Rights era. In the process, the book provides a necessary and overdue retelling of the revolution that took place at Swarthmore College. The actions of this group of students not only led to the school’s greater inclusiveness but also had an impact on universities around the country. The authors also share how friendships, out-of-the-box alliances, and a commitment to moral integrity strengthened them to push through and remain resilient in the face of adversity.
Mini: In Seven Sisters and a Brother the eight students at the heart of the historical eight-day sit-in in 1969 at Swarthmore College recall a protest that led to change