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The founding circle of ringShout has been busy moving the conversation forward about the place of literary fiction and non-fiction by black folks in the current landscape.

Martha Southgate
is the author of Third Girl from the Left which was published in paperback by Houghton Mifflin in September 2006. Her previous novel, The Fall of Rome, received the 2003 Alex Award from the American Library Association and was named one of the best novels of 2002 by Jonathan Yardley of the Washington Post.

Martha is also the author of Another Way to Dance, which won the Coretta Scott King Genesis Award for Best First Novel. Her July 2007 New York Times Book Review article "Writers Like Me" was the initial spark for RingShout and generated considerable notice in publishing and literary circles.

Eisa Nefertari Ulen is the author of Crystelle Mourning, a novel described by The Washington Post as "a call for healing in the African American community from generations of hurt and neglect." Eisa has also written "The Naked Truth" which appears in the Winter 2008 issue of The Crisis Magazine -- you can read it in its entirety on her Blog.

Bridgett M. Davis's debut novel Shifting Through Neutral was published in 2004 by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins, and chosen as an "Original Voices" Selection by Borders Books. And Bridgett appeared on The with her piece, "The L-Word."

Christopher Jackson is Executive Editor of Spiegel and Grau, a division of Random House.

Alison Meyers is the Executive Director of Cave Canem: A Home for Black Poetry.

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