Aracelis Girmay holds a B.A. from Connecticut College and an M.F.A. from New York University. She is the author of three poetry collections, Teeth (Curbstone, 2007), Kingdom Animalia (BOA Editions, 2011), for which she won the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award and which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and The Black Maria (BOA Editions, 2016). Her collage-based book, changing, changing, was published by George Braziller in 2005. In 2011, she was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Girmay has received fellowships from Cave Canem, The Jerome Foundation, the Watson Foundation, and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. She was the 2008-2009 visiting writer in Queens College’s MFA program and for years has facilitated arts/activism workshops with young people in the Bronx. In 2015, she received the prestigious Whiting Writers’ Award.  Originally from Santa Ana, California, she splits her time between New York and Amherst, Massachusetts and is core faculty in Drew University’s low-residency MFA Program.