The author of Fear of Dogs & Other Animals, Shauna M. Morgan is a poet and scholar who teaches creative writing and literature of the African Diaspora at Howard University in Washington, DC. Her current research focuses on representations of womanhood and Neo-anticolonialism in 21st-century literature. Her poems were shortlisted for the 2011 Small Axe Literary Prize and won Interviewing the Caribbean's 2016 Catherine James Palmer Prize. She has published poetry in A Gathering Together, ProudFlesh: New Afrikan Journal of Culture, Politics & Consciousness, pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture, The Pierian, Illuminations, and elsewhere. Her critical work has appeared in the CLA Journal, ARIEL, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, and South Atlantic Review.