Erica Dawson is the author of two collections of poetry: The Small Blades Hurt (Measure Press, 2014), winner of the 2016 Poets’ Prize, and Big-Eyed Afraid (Waywiser Press, 2007), winner of the 2006 Anthony Hecht Prize. Her third book, When Rap Spoke Straight to God, is forthcoming from Tin House Books in Fall 2018. Her poems have appeared in Blackbird, Crazyhorse, Harvard Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and numerous other journals. Her work has also appeared in several anthologies, including three editions of Best American Poetry and the recently-published Resistance, Rebellion, Life: 50 Poets Now. Erica’s an associate professor of English and Writing at the University of Tampa and directs UT’s Low-Residency MFA program.