Aracelis Girmay is the author of Teeth, published by Curbstone Press in 2007, for which she was awarded a GLCA New Writers Award. Her collage-based book, changing, changing, was published by George Braziller in 2005. Girmay has been awarded writing grants from the Watson Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, & the NEA. A Cave Canem graduate & Acentos board member, she was the 2008-2009 visiting writer in Queens College’s MFA program &, for years, has facilitated arts/activism workshops with young people in the Bronx. In addition to teaching at Drew, Girmay teaches poetry at Hampshire College. Her new book of poems, Kingdom Animalia (BOA Editions, 2011), winner of the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.