Dawn Lundy Martin is a poet, essayist, and conceptual video artist. She is the author of four books of poems and three chapbooks, including Life in a Box is a Pretty Life (Nightboat Books, 2015) and Good Stock Strange Blood (forthcoming from Coffee House Press in 2017). Her nonfiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, and other magazines. She has been awarded the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry and a 2016 Investing in Professional Artists Grant from the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Heinz Endowments. She is professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh and co-director (with Terrance Hayes) of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics.