Poet Allison Joseph was the 2017 winner of the New Georgia Literary Achievement Award (now the Blackwell Prize in Writing). She lives in Carbondale, Illinois, where she directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Southern Illinois University. She is the author of over 15 poetry books and chapbooks, with her latest full-length book of poetry, Confessions of a Barefaced Woman, published by Red Hen Press in 2018. This collection was chosen as the Gold/First Place Winner in the poetry category of the 2019 Feathered Quill Book Awards, is a nominee in the poetry category of the NAACP Image Awards, and is also a 2019 finalist for both the Montaigne Medal and the Da Vinci Eye Book Award, sponsored by the Eric Hoffer Book Awards. Joseph has also published fiction and nonfiction and travels frequently to read from her work at various festivals, conferences, and universities.