Baton Rouge, LA – “I am a poet, photographer, and prose writer. My first collection of poems, South of Here (New Issues Press 2005) was published under my legal name, Lydia Melvin. My second collection, Nocturne Trio (YesYes Books 2012), is a series of tiny poems accompanied by the visual art of Mihret Dawit and presented as a web-book. My fiction, poems, book reviews, creative non-fiction, & photography have appeared in bluestem, Caketrain, Drunken Boat, The Drunken Boat, Pebble Lake Review, Ploughshares, Toe Good Poetry, among other journals. My critical scholarship on the work of Toni Morrison, Audre Lorde, Terrance Hayes, and Dionne Brand has appeared in numerous anthologies. Currently I am the Visiting Assistant Professor of the MFA program at LSU and have previously been Visiting Assistant Professor of English—Creative Writing at DePauw University. I am a former Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, and the recipient of fellowships to attend workshops at Cave Canem, VSC, VCCA, Provincetown, Juniper Writers Workshop, Squaw Valley Writers, and the Summer Literary Seminars in Athens.