Kassahun Checole, president and publisher of Africa World Press and The Red Sea Press, formerly taught at Rutgers University and El Colegio de Mexico. Checole is the recipient of many academic honors and equally numerous recognitions for his activist work. In January 2000 he served as one of the organizers of the first international conference in independent Eritrea, “Against All Odds: African Languages and Literatures in the 21st Century.”