Justin Desmangles is chairman of the board of directors of the Before Columbus Foundation, where he heads the committee for the selection of the American Book Award. He is the creator the critically-acclaimed radio program, “New Day Jazz,” now in its 15th year. His poetry and journalism have appeared in Amerarcana, Black Renaissance Noire (NYU), Drumvoices Revue (SIUE), and Konch. He presently is collaborating, with Roscoe Mitchell (Art Ensemble of Chicago), as librettist for an opera on the life of poet Bob Kaufman. Last year he was elected to the Literary Council of the Oakland Book Festival. His most recent books are “Passion Provocation & Prophecy,” with Jack Hirschman, and “Black Hollywood Unchained,” edited by Ishmael Reed.