Aracelis Girmay is the author of the collage-based book changing, changing, and the poetry collections Teeth and Kingdom Animalia. Her newest book, The Black Maria, was published in 2016. She went to school at Cave Canem, Acentos, NYU, Community~Word Project, and Bar 13. She has been awarded the GLCA New Writers Award and the Isabella Gardner Award (BOA Editions), and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Girmay is on the faculty of The School for Interdisciplinary Arts at Hampshire College and Drew University’s low-residency MFA program. Before that, and for several years, Girmay taught community and youth writing workshops. She was a featured poet at Split This Rock Poetry Festival in 2016. For more information, visit Girmay’s website.