Tea Rozman Clark, PhD is the founding Executive Director of Green Card Voices. Previously, she has worked for Reconciliation and Culture Cooperative Network, a New York City non-profit working with immigrants from the Former Yugoslavia. She is an NYU graduate in Near and Middle Eastern Studies and has a PhD in Cultural History, specializing in oral history from the University of Nova Gorica. She is a first-generation immigrant from Slovenia and 2015 Bush Leadership Fellow.
Julie Vang is a spiritual writer and co-editor of Our Stories Carried Us Here. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities with a Bachelors in Family Social Science and a minor in Asian American Studies. She is Hmong-American with over six years of policy and programming experience.
Tom Kaczynski learned to read English by looking at American capitalist comics in communist Poland. He moved to the U.S. in 1987. His comics have appeared in Best American Non-Required Reading, MOME, and many other publications throughout the years, and were nominated for an Ignatz Award in 2011. Kaczynski is the founder of the independent publishing house, Uncivilized Books.
Nate Powell (b. 1978, Little Rock, Arkansas) is the first cartoonist ever to win the National Book Award. He began self-publishing at age 14, and graduated from School of Visual Arts in 2000. His work includes forthcoming graphic memoir/essay Save It For Later, Eisner-nominated Ozark horror tale Come Again, civil rights icon John Lewis' legendary March trilogy, comics essay About Face, Two Dead, You Don't Say, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, The Silence Of Our Friends, The Year Of The Beasts, and Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero. Powell’s work has also received a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, three Eisner Awards, two Ignatz Awards, CXC’s Transformative Work Award, the Michael L. Printz Award, a Coretta Scott King Author Award, four YALSA Great Graphic Novels For Teens selections, the Walter Dean Myers Award, and is a two-time finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Powell has discussed his work at the United Nations, as well as on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, CNN, and Free Speech TV. His books have been placed on school curriculum in over 40 states, and his animated artwork in the Southern Poverty Law Center's Selma: The Bridge To The Ballot has reached over a million students in 50,000 schools across the nation. From 1999 to 2009, Powell worked full-time providing support for adults with developmental disabilities alongside his cartooning efforts. He managed underground record label Harlan Records for 16 years, and performed in punk bands Soophie Nun Squad and Universe. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.
Thi Bui was born in Vietnam and came to the United States in 1978 as part of the "boat people" wave of refugees fleeing Southeast Asia at the end of the Vietnam War. Her debut graphic memoir, The Best We Could Do (Abrams ComicArts, 2017) has been selected for an American Book Award, a Common Book for UCLA and other colleges and universities, an all-city read by Seattle and San Francisco public libraries, a National Book Critics Circle finalist in autobiography, and an Eisner Award finalist in reality-based comics. It made over thirty best of 2017 book lists, including Bill Gates' top five picks. She illustrated the picture book, A Different Pond, written by the poet Bao Phi (Capstone, 2017), for which she won a Caldecott Honor. With her son, Hien, she co-illustrated the children’s book, Chicken of the Sea (McSweeney’s, 2019), written by Pulitzer winner Viet Thanh Nguyen and his son, Ellison. Her short comics can be found online at The Nib, PEN America, and BOOM California. She is currently researching and drawing a work of graphic nonfiction about immigrant detention and deportation, to be published by One World, Random House.
Ana Hinojosa is a Dominican comic artist and illustrator. Most of her work focuses on marginalized voices within the Latinx community such as people a part of the LGBT community and Afro-Latinos. Creating a space within the comics world where people like her can explore, flourish, and possibly fight monsters or the demons within themselves.
Ashraf El-Attar is an illustrator from Egypt. He currently resides in Washington DC. He earned his MFA in Illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). El-Attar was awarded a full scholarship from the Ford Foundation Fellowship to study illustration in the United States in 2008. As an undergraduate, he studied oil painting at Helwan University. In 2002, El-Attar participated in a workshop with the French comic artist Golo. Each artist created two pages of a comic as a modernization of the Sayf ibn Dhī-Yazan character. This book was translated into Arabic, English, and French, and sold in Europe. El Attar’s work has been printed in several publications, like the Al-Ahram newspaper in Egypt, where he has created social and political cartoons weekly for five years, as well as Bay State Parents magazine in Boston. He has also illustrated several children's books in the U.S and the Middle East. Attar's passion is to create characters with different facial expressions. People on the street are his main source of inspiration, and ink and pencil are his preferred tools. He believes that the best way to communicate with children is to think like them and to produce illustrations that enrich their imagination. Attar is interested in showing Middle Eastern superheroes like Sindbad or Abu Zayd al-Hilali in a modern way to make them more attractive and to introduce Arabic heritage to the west in an appealing style. He believes that by bringing these characters back to life again, a bridge can be created between cultures.
Camilo Aguirre is a Cartoonist and Fine Artist from Colombia. Aguirre has obtained a Masters in Audiovisual Scriptwriting from UNIR, La Rioja, Spain and an MFA in Visual Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Aguirre has been published in several documentary comics anthologies, including Ciervos de Bronze (La Silueta, 2014), Caminos Condenados (Cohete Comics, 2016), La Palizua (Centro Nacional de Memoria Historica, 2018), and Our Stories Carried Us Here (Green Card Voices, 2021).
Cor Lin is a midwest-based Japanese//Taiwanese-American illustrator and designer specializing in portraiture, watercolor, food illustration, and culture-centered storytelling. By visualizing narratives and illuminating concepts, I make art that fuels action. My editorial work has been published in the LA Times, Eater Chicago, WBEZ Curious City Chicago, and Twin Cities Daily Planet.
Gérard Nyunai Ngan is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Yaoundé I. His research focuses on artistic creation as a tool for urban planning. Gérard is a Cameroonian curator, Founder and promoter of Pousse-pions, the only international festival of board games in sub-Saharan Africa. Gérard is also a photographer and cartoonist.
Hamid Ibrahim is a CG director and co-founder of Kugali, an arts and animation company that showcases the best African stories using comics, art and animation. He has worked on several Hollywood blockbusters such as The Predator, or Disney’s: Dumbo and The Lion King. His current project is the development of an augmented reality app where the characters and the worlds come to life, as well as, an AR events app that allows us to explore new ways of entertaining people.
Mike Centeno is a Venezuelan cartoonist who has been living in the U.S. for almost 10 years. His work has been featured in The Chicago Reader, DigBoston, The Nib, Southside Weekly and he self-publishes his own comics series titled Futile Comics. His stories focus on identity, immigration and the rise of global populism and authoritarianism which he explores through fiction.
Toufic El Rassi was born in Beirut in 1978 to an Egyptian mother and Lebanese father. He immigrated to Chicago a year later as his family escaped the civil war in Lebanon. He is a college lecturer in history and political science, a writer, and a graphic novelist and commentator on Middle Eastern affairs. He lives in Chicago.