Thomas Sayers Ellis was born and raised in Washington, D.C., co-founded The Dark Room Collective; and received his M.F.A. from Brown University in 1995. His work has appeared in The American Poetry Review; AGNI; Best American Poetry (1997 and 2001) Boston Book Review; Boston Review; Callaloo; Fence; Grand Street; Hambone; Harvard Advocate; Harvard Review; the Kenyon Review; Ploughshares; the Pushcart Prize 1998; the Southern Review and The Garden Thrives: Twentieth-Century African-American Poetry; Tin House; Giant Steps: The New Generation of African American Writers; American Poetry: The Next Generation and Wax Poetics. He has received fellowships from The Ohio Arts Council, The MacDowell Colony, The Fine Arts Work Center (in Provincetown) and Yaddo; and in 1993 he coedited On the Verge: Emerging Poets and Artists. Mr. Ellis is a contributing editor of Callaloo and his first collection The Good Junk (1996) was published in the Graywolf annual Take Three. He is also the author of a chapbook The Genuine Negro Hero, (Kent State University Press, 2001); The Maverick Room (Graywolf 2005) and the chaplet Song On (WinteRed Press 2005). An Assistant Professor of Writing at Sarah Lawrence College and a faculty member of The Lesley University low-residency M.F.A program (Cambridge, Massachusetts), his Soul March: Notes for Black Poets is forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press.