Minal Hajratwala is a unicorn of many colors, and a poet at heart. Her latest book of poetry, Bountiful Instructions for Enlightenment, includes poems and the script for her theatrical poetry extravaganza, “Avatars: Gods for a New Millennium,” which was commissioned by the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco for World AIDS Day. It is published by The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective, which publishes contemporary poetry books from India under a collective mentorship model. Hajratwala is also a writing coach and teacher helping other authors find their voice, particular queer writers and writers of color.
Katie Manthey is an assistant professor of English and director of the Writing Center at Salem College. Her research and teaching are focused around cultural rhetorics, dress studies, and civic engagement. She is a body positive activist and moderates the website Dress Profesh, which highlights the ways that dress codes are racist, cissexist, ageist, and classist.