Natasha Trethewey was born in Mississippi to professor Eric Trethewey and social worker Gwendolyn Ann Turnbough. The daughter of a mixed-race marriage, she spent time in Atlanta with her mother and in New Orleans with her father. Trethewey earned an MA in English from Hollins University, and received an MFA in poetry from the University of Massachusetts. In 2012 she was named Poet Laureate of the state of Mississippi and the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States.
Bill Brown is a filmmaker, a photographer, and an author who has produced the films Buffalo Common, Confederation Park, Hub City, Mountain State, The Other Side, and Roswell. He is the author of all 14 issues of the zine Dream Whip and the book Saugus to the Sea. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.