A native of Richmond, Virginia, giovanni singleton is the founding editor of nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts, a journal dedicated to experimental work of the African Diaspora and other contested spaces. She is the author of two collections of poetry, 2017’s AMERICAN LETTERS: works on paper and Ascension, which won the 2011 California Book Award for Poetry. Her writing has earned numerous awards and fellowships and has been widely anthologized. singleton has taught at Saint Mary’s College, Naropa University, and New Mexico State University. And she is here in Spokane as part of Gonzaga University Visiting Writers Series.