Ali Black is a writer from Cleveland, Ohio. She directs a literacy based youth program on Cleveland’s west side. Ali is a current graduate student for poetry at the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts program and she is the poetry editor for Gordon Square Review. She is the recipient of the 2016 Academy of American Poets University & College Poetry Prize for her poem “Kinsman”. Her work has appeared in A Race Anthology: Dispatches and Artifacts From a Segregated City, december, The Rumpus, jubilat, and LitHub.