Kevin Brown was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1960. A biographer and essayist, he is the author of Malcolm X: His Life and Legacy (1995) and Romare Bearden (1994). He was a contributing editor to the New York Public Library African-American Desk Reference (2000). Since 1978, Brown’s essays, articles and reviews on the visual arts, cinema, dance, literature, music and politics have appeared in Afterimage, The Kansas City Star, Kirkus, the London Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, the Threepenny Review and the Washington Post Book World, among others. He studied under translator Gregory Rabassa at Queens College, City University of New York, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree with dual majors in Spanish as well as Translating & Interpreting from the CUNY Baccalaureate Program for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies, headquartered at the Graduate Center. Brown’s interview with Rabassa was published in the December 2006 issue (Vol.7, No.2) of the University of Delaware’s Review of Latin American Studies. Excerpts from his ongoing translation into English of Efraín Bartolomé’s Ocosingo War Diary have appeared in Asymptote, The Brooklyn Rail, eXchanges and Metamorphoses. Calypso Editions will publish the complete translation in 2014.