Boston-born Michael C. Ladd has published his writings in the literary magazines Long Shot Review and Bostonia, in the book Swing Low: Black Men Writing, and in the anthologies Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, In Defense of Mumia, Bum Rush the Page, Pour La Victoire, and Everything But the Burden. Referred to as “one of hip-hop’s most restless minds” (The New Yorker), he is a well-traveled performer and bandleader, and the writer and producer of several widely praised albums, including Welcome to the Afterfuture, The Infesticons: Gun Hill Road, and The Majesticons: Beauty Party. As a Fellow at the Institute for Arts and Civic Dialogue at Harvard University, Ladd produced and directed Blood Black and Blue, an audio documentary/performance about black police officers in the United States. Ladd currently lives in the Bronx.