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David Delisca, born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, raised in West Palm Beach, Florida and residing in Scarborough, is a writer, poet, actor and humorist. A versatile artist, he uses stories about the immigrant and diasporic experience, as well as other various human realities, to bridge realms of communication. His works and performances have been featured in Toronto Star, CBC and Netflix.

Ben Philippe is a New York-based writer and screenwriter. Born in Haiti and raised in Montreal, Canada, he has a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University and an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas. He has written two young adult novels: Field Guide to the North American Teenager, winner of the 2020 William C. Morris Award; and Charming as a Verb. Sure, I’ll Be Your Black Friend is his first book of adult nonfiction.

Manuel Mathieu received his BFA from Université du Québec à Montréal and his MFA from Goldsmiths, University of London. Mathieu was an artist in residence at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (2019-20), and the Pamela Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida residency program, Sonoma CA (2019). Recent solo exhibitions have been held at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (2020); HDM Gallery, Beijing (2019) and The Armory Show, New York (2018)He has participated in numerous group exhibitions held in Canada, USA and EuropeMathieu was one of the artists recognized by the 2020 Sobey Art Award.