Meredith Nnoka is a Smith College graduate with a degree in Africana Studies and English. Originally from Maryland, she is currently a graduate student in African-American literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her poetry has appeared in The Massachusetts ReviewHEArt OnlineMandala JournalThe Collapsar, and elsewhere. Her poem “Prelude to Your Leaving” was nominated for inclusion in the 2017 Best of the Net anthology. A Hunger Called Music: A Verse History of Black Music, her first chapbook, was a winner of C&R Press’s Winter Soup Bowl Competition, and is available for purchase from C&R’s website.