Nico Cary is a musician, writer, and educator from Berkeley. He is a member of iLL-Literacy, a band that specializes in innovative social engagement through music and performance. He is a McNair Scholar, and dedicated four years as a teacher at UC Berkeley’s Early Academic Outreach Program. In 2008 he co-wrote his first play War Peace: The One Drop Rule, which opened at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans in 2010. He is a featured editor for Dave Eggers’ Best American Non-Required Reading (Houghton Mifflin, 2002) and The Audacity of Post-Racism (McSweeney’s, forthcoming 2012) a collection of essays exploring the concept of race in America in the era following the election of President Obama. Nico customized his Independent Study degree at UC Berkeley, earning his B.A. in International Politics in 2008. His debut solo music project, The Album: A Mixtape, will be released through iLL-Literacy late this summer.