As the fourth Inlandia Literary Laureate, Nikia Chaney organized an exhibit celebrating women and music for Black History Month, moderated panels for the Tuskegee Airmen, developed a Homespun Chapbook book series for Inlandia Institute, and created a workshop/exhibition program, Voices Against Violence, which seeks to address the community of San Bernardino. In 2019, she became active in the Santa Cruz community. She is a member of the Hive Poetry Collective and the founding member of Amplify: Cabrillo Student Podcasts. She teaches African American Literature and Creative Writing at Cabrillo College. Nikia Chaney holds two MFAs, one from Antioch University, Los Angeles (2009), and one from California State University, San Bernardino. She is the author of a full length collection of poetry, us mouth (University of Hell Press, 2018). She has three chapbooks Sis Fuss (Orange Monkey Publishing, 2012), ladies, please (Dancing Girl Press, 2013), and a collaborative visual/poetry hybrid, Mapless with Cindy Rinne (Cholla Needles, 2018).
Juan Delgado is Professor Emeritus in the English Department at California State University, San Bernardino, where, in addition to his professorial duties, he chaired the English and Communication Studies Departments and served as the university’s interim provost. His collections of poetry include Green Web (1994), published by the University of Georgia Press and selected by poet Dara Weir for the Contemporary Poetry Prize; El Campo (1998), a collaboration with the Chicano painter Simon Silva, published by Capra Press; and Rush of Hands (2003), published by the University of Arizona Press. His most recent book, Vital Signs (2013), was a collaboration with photographer Thomas McGovern and won the Before Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award. Professor Delgado is the co-director of Native Voices: Poetry Festival, which celebrates native writers and artists and provides literary and artistic workshops for children and teens from the Morongo Reservation and local communities.