Arnetha F. Ball is Associate Professor of Education at Stanford University. Her research interests focus on the oral and written literacies of culturally and linguistically diverse populations in the United States and South Africa. She has served on many boards and committees in her field and has published widely, with numerous book chapters and articles in journals that include Linguistics and Education, Applied Behavioral Science Review, Language Variation and Change, and Written Communication.
Keith Gilyard, Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University, has written and lectured extensively on language and literacy. Long active in professional organizations, he is a former Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication. He is author or editor of twelve previous books, including Race, Rhetoric, and Composition (Boynton/Cook) and Voices of the Self, for which he received an American Book Award.