Allison Adelle Hedge Coke is a Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside. She is the author of many books of poems, including Look at This Blue (Coffee House Press), Streaming (Coffee House Press, and winner of the Pen Southwest Book Award in Poetry, Wordcrafter of the Year Award, Lifetime Achievement Award NWCA, and 2015 IPPY Medal), and Dog Road Woman (Coffee House Press, winner of the American Book Award), as well as the memoir Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer (University of Nebraska Press). She has also edited numerous anthologies. Her poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have been translated into multiple languages and have appeared in Poetry Out Loud, American Poets in the 21st Century: Poetics of Social Engagement, World Literature Today, the New York Times, Harvard Review, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Iowa Review, and many other venues. A contributing editor and editorial board member for NYU’s Black Renaissance Noire, Hedge Coke is on the advisory board of Penny Candy Books and the Board of Directors of Zoeglossia, a Community for Writers with Disabilities.

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