Opal Palmer Adisa is a professor of creative writing and literature at California College of the Arts and an award-winning poet and prose writer of 11 titles, including the novel "It Begins With Tears." She lives in Oakland, California. Donna Weir-Soley is a teacher, a poet, and a critic. She has been widely published in journals such as "Caribbean Writer," "Carrier-Pidgin," "The Frontiers," "Macomere," "Sage" and in the anthology, "Moving Beyond Boundaries" and was recently awarded a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship for career enhancement. She lives in Miami.