Doreen Baingana is a Ugandan writer and author of Tropical Fish: Stories out of Entebbe (University of Massachusetts Press, 2005, Harlem Moon/Doubleday, 2006). The book won the Associated Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Award in Short Fiction and the Commonwealth Prize for First Book, Africa Region, and was a finalist for the Hurston-Wright Prize for Debut Fiction. She has also won a Washington Independent Writers Fiction Prize and was a two-time finalist for the Caine Prize for African Writing. Her fiction and essays have been published in journals such as Glimmer Train, Chelsea, African American Review, and The Guardian, UK. Ms. Baingana has been a Writer-in-Residence at the University of Maryland, where she received an MFA, and been twice on the faculty of the Summer Literary Seminars-Kenya/Kwani?, which she joins again this year. She teaches at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD, works for Voice of America radio, writes a monthly column for the Ugandan magazineAfrican Woman and cannot decide if she lives here or there.
Irvin Weathersby is a Brooklyn-based writer and professor of literature and creative writing from New Orleans. He has published three biographies in Notable Black American Men,