Ebony Elizabeth Thomas is assistant professor of reading, language, and literature in the division of Teacher Education at
Wayne State University. She has published her work in English Journal, The ALAN Review, and Sankofa: A Journal
of African Children’s and Young Adult Literature, as well as the books A Narrative Compass: Stories That Guide Women’s
Lives and The Pressures of Teaching. She is an alumna of Florida A&M University, Wayne State University, and the
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Shanesha R. F. Brooks-Tatum is postdoctoral research and instruction fellow at the
Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library. She has published works on Christian hip-hop, spoken-word poetry, and
Black popular culture, and is an alumna of the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.