Ricardo Cortez Cruz is the author of two novels from FC2, Straight Outta Compton and Five Days of Bleeding, as well as more than fifty pieces of fiction in journals and anthologies. He was the keynote speaker at the 2018 PEN/Hemingway Award Ceremony. He is a Professor of English at Illinois State University.
Douglas Manuel has served as the Poetry Editor for Gold Line Press as well as one of the Managing Editors of Ricochet Editions. His first full-length collection of poems, Testify, won an IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for poetry. In 2018, he traveled to Egypt and Eritrea with The University of Iowa’s International Writing Program to teach poetry. In 2020, he received the Dana Gioia Poetry Award and a fellowship from the Borchard Foundation Center on Literary Arts to travel to San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico to write.