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Samuel Delany is professor of English and creative writing at Temple University. An acclaimed critic and novelist, he is winner of multiple Nebula and Hugo Awards, and an inductee into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. Delany is also an influential queer critic and mentor to the next generation of queer studies scholars. His book Times Square Red, Times Square Blue, which analyzes the impact of Times Square’s redevelopment on working-class queer sexual culture, and The Motion of Light in Water, a memoir of his life as a black and gay writer, are regularly taught at Yale and across the country. In 1990 The Lambda Literary Report included him in a list of 50 men and women who had done the most to change modern attitudes towards gayness. He was recently the subject of a documentary by Fred Barney Taylor, The Polymath: The Life and Opinions of Samuel R. Delany, Gentleman.
GerShun Avilez is Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies at Yale UniversityProfessor Avilez researches and teaches courses on African-American literature, art, and cultural criticism, especially of the 20th and 21st centuries. He is completing a book project on the artistic legacies of the Black Arts Movement and beginning a new project on civil rights law and artistic production. His published work appears in the critical journals, African American Reviewand Callaloo and the edited collection, Representing Segregation. In 2011, Yale College awarded him the Poorvu Family Award for Distinguished Interdisciplinary Teaching. Sponsored by the Dept. of African American Studies