Tameka Cage Conley, PhD, is a literary artist who writes poetry, plays, fiction, and essays. Her work has appeared in Callaloo, African American Review, and Huizache, for which she is also Contributing Poetry Editor. Her libretto, RISE, premiered at the AME Metropolitan Church in Washington DC last year. She recently read one of the poems of the libretto, dedicated to Congressman John Lewis, to the congressman in his office on Capitol Hill. She is at work on her first opera and completing her first novel. She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and toddler son.