Daryl Ngee Chinn is a poet and poet-teacher for the California Poets in the Schools. He is also an active visiting poet-teacher for Artists in Residence programs in Nevada, South Dakota, and Alaska. The University of Florida Press published SOFT PARTS OF THE BACK in 1989. His poems have appeared in many journals including The Florida Review, Pendulum, Center Stage and the Greenfield Review. He has a Master’s Degree from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars. In addition to his teaching career, he has been a television cameraman, camera salesman, admissions counselor and Chinese cooking teacher. He speaks the old dialect of Chinese learned from his grandmother, which he passed on to his children.
Barbara Brinson Curiel is Program Director of Ethnic Studies at HSU and a professor in English and Women’s Studies. She is the author of NOCTURNO, VOCABULARY OF THE DEAD, and SPEAK TO ME FROM DREAMS (Third Woman Press). Her poems have been featured in numerous publications including UNDER THE FIFTH SUN: LATINO LITERATURE FROM CALIFORNIA.
Mary Hope Whitehead Lee is a former field poet with the Connecticut and California Poets in the Schools Program, and her work has been published in This Bridge Called My Back, Feminist Studies, Chick-Lit and Essence Magazine, among others. Her award-winning poetry has been performed at the annual Dancing Poetry Festival at the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.
Jerry Martien has been a community poet and activist in the six or seven rivers region for thirty years. He has taught writing with the California Poets in the Schools program and as a lecturer at HSU for ten years. He has published a collection of poetry, PIECES IN PLACE, and a nonfiction book, SHELL GAME: A TRUE ACCOUNT OF BEADS AND MONEY IN NORTH AMERICA. He has recently finished a book about caretaking his aged mother and saving sand dunes: LOSING CALIFORNIA.
Marlon Sherman earned a law degree from the University of Colorado and has extensive experience as a mediator and peacemaker. He has also taught numerous courses in the past at HSU including Native American Poetry. He is currently teaching several Native American Studies courses, such as Tribal Leadership and Federal Indian Law. He was awarded the 2003 First Book Award for Poetry by the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas. His poems and articles have appeared in Conciliation Quarterly, Cream City Review, American Book Review, MANY VOICES, AN AMERICAN STUDIES ANTHOLOGY, and have translated into Hebrew in TRIBAL POETS. He says,“I am an Oglala of the Lakota Nation. My mother heard my first cries in the dark of a small log house outside Kyle, on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The red earth of the badlands is under my fingernails, the rich brown mud of the creek bottoms between my toes.”
Mark Shikuma was born in Tokyo, though he was raised in Watsonville. He is a son of a strawberry farmer, who was sent to the Japanese-American Internment camp in Poston, Arizona, and a mother who was raised and lived in Tokyo during the bombings of World War II. In 1985, Mark received his B.A. in English Literature and Journalism at the University of Southern California, studying under poet Carol Muske and novelist T. C. Boyle. He also earned an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Memphis in 1994, studying with Pulitzer Prize winning poet Lucille Clifton. He has lived and worked in New York for nine years, working an assortment of odd jobs, including a Director position at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. He is a professor of Ethnic Studies at Humboldt State University. Mark has been a resident of Humboldt County for nearly 8 years.
Dick Stull is a published author of short stories and a spoken word artist having performed readings live on KMUD, KHUM as well as the Morris Graves Art Series, College of the Redwoods Visiting Writer’s Series and venues all over Humboldt County. He was a featured poet in the 2003-2004 HSU Scholar’s calendar. His new CD, a jazz-inspired spoken word show, THE EXISTENTIAL PROFESSOR: IN SEARCH OF THE SUBURBAN TAO, was recorded live at the Red Radish in Blue Lake. He published a Sport-eco novella entitled MUHAMAD’S ROBE in 2004 and is working on his second in a trilogy entitled: FINDING ROBERTO DURAN. He has a master’s degree from HSU specializing in dance and martial arts and a doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado in Physical Education.