Abdul Ali is an educator, writer, and literary activist. He’s the author of Trouble Sleeping (Winner of the 2014 New Issues Poetry Prize). His poetry, essays, and interviews have appeared in Gargoyle, Gathering of Tribes, National Public Radio, New Contrast (South Africa), The Atlantic, and the anthology, Full Moon on K Street, among other publications. He has received grants, awards, and fellowships from The DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities, American University, College Language Association, and the Mt. Vernon Poetry Festival at George Washington University. He is editor emeritus of Folioand Amistad and is a board member of the Zora Neale Hurston/ Richard Wright Foundation. Ali will join the English faculty at The Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, MD this fall.