Ailish Hopper is the author of Dark~Sky Society (2014), selected by David St. John as runner up for the New Issues prize, and the chapbook Bird in the Head (2005), selected by Jean Valentine for the Center for Book Arts Prize. Individual poems have appeared in Agni, APR, Blackbird, Harvard Review Online, Ploughshares, Poetry, Tidal Basin Review, and other places. "All of my work is crucially informed by growing up white in (then) mostly-black DC, by being the daughter of an immigrant from Ireland, by generous mentoring from those in liberation movements, and many other of my life experiences. In all my roles, I try to honor the tradition that Paolo Friere characterized as 'the vocation to be fully human.' " You can follow her at @ailishhopper.