Aracelis Girmay, 41st Annual ODU Literary Festival
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Aracelis Girmay was born and raised in Southern California, never far from the mighty Pacific. She is the author of The Black Maria (BOA Editions, 2016); Kingdom Animalia (BOA Editions, 2011), winner of the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Teeth (Curbstone Press, 2007). She is also the author of the collage-based picture book changing, changing. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Civitella Ranieri, the Whiting Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2017 she was a finalist for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature and was named a recipient of the 2017-2018 June Jordan Fellowship. Girmay lives with her family in New York and is on the editorial board of the African Poetry Book Fund.