Sheila L. Carter-Jones is the author of Three Birds Deep, the 2012 winner of the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Book Award judged by Elizabeth Alexander and the chapbook Blackberry Cobbler Song. Her chapbook Crooked Star Dream Book was named Honorable Mention for the 2013 New York Center for Book Arts Chapbook Contest. Sheila has been described by Herbert Woodward Martin as one who writes with immediacy of tone, voice and language. She is a fellow of Cave Canem, Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop and a Walter Dakin Fellow of the 2015 Sewanee Writer’s Conference. Her poetry has been published in various anthologies and journals. Grace Cavalieri, Poet Laureate of Maryland, describes her poems as calling out against poetry of persuasion and contrivance. Sheila holds an MFA from Carlow University and currently facilitates writing in their Madwoman in the Attic Program.