Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley is not the Ben Kingsley best known for his Academy Award-winning role as Mahatma Gandhi. This Ben is a touch less famous, having not acted since his third-grade debut as the Undertaker in Music Man. Affrilachian author and Kundiman alum, Ben belongs to the Onondaga Nation of Indigenous Americans in New York. His first collection, Not Your Mama's Melting Pot, was selected by Bob Hicok. His forthcoming collection, Demos, is out with Milkweed Editions in 2020. Peep his recent work in the anthologies Best New Poets 2017 (ed. Natalie Diaz), Native Voices: Indigenous Poetry from North America, and Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, as well as the journals American Indian Culture and Research, Boston Review, The Georgia Review, jubilat, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Oxford American, and Tin House, among others.
Kent Wascom was born in New Orleans and raised in Pensacola, Florida. Wascom’s first novel, The Blood of Heaven, was named a best book of the year by the Washington Post and NPR. It was a semifinalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award and longlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan Award for First Fiction. Wascom was awarded the 2012 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Prize for Fiction and selected as one of Gambit‘s 40 Under 40.
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