Channing Gerard Joseph is an award-winning journalist whose career has taken him from the southern tip of Africa to the mountains of rural Japan. His articles have been published by The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Entertainment Weekly, MTV News, and others. He was a fellow of the International Center for Journalists and has received support from the Ford Foundation, the Scripps Howard Foundation, and the Brooks and Joan Fortune Family Foundation. He is a 2019 winner of the Leon Levy Center for Biography Fellowship. He teaches journalism at the University of Southern California.
Ilya Kaminsky was born in the former Soviet Union. He is the author of Dancing in Odessa, a poetry collection, and co-editor of The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry. He was a 2014 finalist for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. Ilya Kaminsky’s collection of poems Deaf Republic (Graywolf Press) opens in an occupied country in a time of political unrest. When soldiers breaking up a protest kill a deaf boy, Petya, the gunshot becomes the last thing the citizens hear―they all have gone deaf, and their dissent becomes coordinated by sign language. The story follows the private lives of townspeople encircled by public violence: a newly married couple, Alfonso and Sonya, expecting a child; the brash Momma Galya, instigating the insurgency from her puppet theater; and Galya’s girls, heroically teaching signing by day and by night luring soldiers one by one to their deaths behind the curtain. At once a love story, an elegy, and an urgent plea, Kaminsky’s Deaf Republic confronts our time’s vicious atrocities and our collective silence in the face of them. The New York Times Book Review noted “These poems bestow the power of sacred drama on a secular martyrology. . . . By situating these poems in a country at war, Kaminsky forces the reader to consider both the ways in which we define our social belonging and the loyalties according to which we operate.”
David Kirby is the author of more than two dozen volumes of criticism, essays, children’s literature, and pedagogy. He has published 12 collections of poetry including The Biscuit Joint; Get Up, Please; The Ha-Ha, short-listed for the Griffin Poetry Prize and The House on Boulevard St., a finalist for the National Book Award. His poetry has been featured in numerous anthologies, including several issues of Best American Poetry. Like Kirby's previous collections More Than This (LSU Press) is shot through with the roadhouse fervor of early rock 'n' roll. Yet these rollicking poems also contain an oceanic feeling more akin to the great symphonies of Europe than the three-minute singles of the rock pioneers, as Kirby seeks to startle, to please, to unwind the knots that we get ourselves into and make it possible to being anew. Little goes unnoticed in these poems: death, love, friendship, food, religious ardor, and philosophical skepticism, nights on the town and quiet evenings at home are all present. In More Than This, Kirby takes readers back in time and out in space, offering quiet wisdom and a sense of the endless possibilities that are and life gives us all.
Charles Kochman is the editorial director of Abrams ComicArts and editor of the #1 bestselling series Diary Of A Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. Kochman has edited several hundred books for all age groups, including picture books; middle-grade novels; retrospectives; definitive monographs; award-winning graphic novels and collections. Prior to Abrams, Kochman spent twelve years as the first editor of licensed publishing at DC Comics and MAD Magazine, where he launched the MAD Books imprint and edited the company’s first New York Times bestseller, The Death and Life of Superman. Kochman started his career in 1985 at PlayValueKochmanMoCCA).