Keenan Norris’s novel Brother and the Dancer is the winner of the 2012 James D. Houston Award and will be published by Heyday Books in November 2013. He holds an M.F.A. from Mills College and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside. His research interests include urban literature and the publishing industry. He teaches English, African-American Literature, Basic Skills courses and promotes the AFFIRM program at Evergreen Valley College in San Jose, California. His work, both fiction and non-fiction, has appeared in numerous forums, including the Santa Monica, Green Mountains andEvansville Reviews, Connotation Press, Inlandia: A Literary Journey Through California’s Inland Empireand BOOM: A Journal of California. He is also the editor of Scarecrow Press’s upcoming collection of critical essays Street Lit: Representing the Urban Landscap.