Safiya Sinclair was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and received her MFA in poetry at the University of Virginia. Her first full-length collection, Cannibal, won the 2015 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry (University of Nebraska Press, 2016). She is the recipient of a 2015 Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, Prairie Schooner, The Cincinnati Review, The Journal, and elsewhere. She has been awarded a writing fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Amy Clampitt Residency Award, and an Academy of American Poets Prize. She is currently a PhD candidate in literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California.