Dennis Norris II is a 2017 MacDowell Colony Fellow, a 2016 Tin House Scholar, and a 2015 Kimbilio Fiction Fellow. They are the author of Awst Collection—Dennis Norris II published by Awst Press, and their story "Where Every Boy Is Known and Loved" was recently named as Finalist for the 2018 Best Small Fictions anthology, forthcoming from Braddock Avenue Books. Their story "Last Rites" is included in the forthcoming anthology Everyday People: The Color of Life, to be published in August 2018 by the Atria Books imprint of Simon and Schuster. They hold degrees from Sarah Lawrence College and Haverford College and currently serve as Fiction Editor at Apogee Journal, Assistant Fiction Editor at The Rumpus, and co-host of the popular podcast Food 4 Thot. They live in Harlem and are working on a novel.