Aracelis Girmay is the author of three books of poems, most recently the black maria (BOA, 2016). Her essays, interviews, and poems have been published in World Literature Today, Los Angeles Review of Books online, and Astra, among other wheres. She also makes literature for young people, most recently the picture book collaboration with her sister: What Do You Know? (Enchanted Lion, 2021). Girmay is on the editorial board of the African Poetry Book Fund and is the current Editor-at-Large for BOA’s Blessing the Boats Selections. For the past few years she collaborated, as editor, on the anthology SO WE CAN KNOW: Writers of Color on Pregnancy, Loss, Abortion, and Birth, out with Haymarket Books in 2023. Originally from Southern California, she lives and teaches in Brooklyn, New York.