is a Black, queer, and womanist poet, scholar, and cultural strategist hailing from the Southwest side of Atlanta, Ga. Aurielle has received invitations to the 2018 Lambda Literary Writer Retreat, Voices of Our Nation Writing Workshops, and the 2017 Queer Emerging Residency at Destiny Art Center. She was chosen by Safiya Sinclair as the 2017 Poetry Prize Winner for Blue Mesa Review. Aurielle serves her community as a community organizer at the Young Women’s Freedom Center, has organized alongside freedom fighters from Ferguson to Oakland, to Atlanta. She has been featured as a political pundit on CNN for her work in racial justice and liberatory education. Her poems have been featured or are forthcoming in VINYL, Black Adroit Journal, BOAAT Journal, Selfish Magazine, and in Black Warrior Review. Aurielle’s essays on culture, justice, and community can be found on ForHarriett, in ESSENCE, Allure, NBC Blk, and Huffington Post.