about the collaborators
lauren k. alleyne is the author of two collections of poetry, Difficult Fruit (Peepal Tree Press 2014), and Honeyfish (New Issues & Peepal Tree, 2019), and co-editor of Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry (Northwestern, 2020). Her work has appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, The Atlantic, Ms. Muse, Tin House, and Guernica, among others. Her most recent honors include a 2020 NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Poetry, and the longlist for the Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. She is currently an associate professor of English at James Madison University, and the assistant director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center, where she also serves as editor-in-chief of the center’s online journal, The Fight & The Fiddle.
matthew fischer lives and works in New York. He received an MFA from Columbia University and a BFA from the University of Wisconsin River Falls. He currently teaches painting and drawing at Ethical Culture Fieldston School. Fischer has shown his work in solo and group exhibitions, including at Jack Tilton Gallery, Junior Projects, Louis B James, Jack Hanley, 247365, Fierman Gallery and The Flag Art Foundation in NYC, The Lighthouse Works on Fishers Island, NY and Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass Village, CO. In 2018 he was a fellow with Shandaken Project’s Paint School.