Zakia Henderson-Brown is of starshine and clay lineage. She has received fellowships and scholarships from Poets House, the Fine Arts Work Center, Callaloo Journal, and Cave Canem. Her poems have appeared in African American Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Epiphany, No, Dear, North American Review, the Offing, and Vinyl, among others. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2013 and has completed residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Louis Armstrong House Museum. zakia earned an MFA in Poetry and Literary Translation from Queens College, where she also served as an adjunct professor. She currently serves as associate editor at nonprofit publisher The New Press, and on the board of the Brooklyn Movement Center. She lives in her native Brooklyn with furball Onyx.