Joshua Aiken is a poet and black studies scholar. His poetry appears in Boulevard, Copper Nickel, Forklift, Ohio, Sixth Finch, Winter Tangerine Review, and elsewhere. His academic research appears in Transgender Studies Quarterly and he has received scholarships and fellowships from the Point Foundation, Rhodes Trust, Vermont Studio Center and Cave Canem. He is the former Policy Fellow at the Prison Policy Initiative and a Teaching Fellow with the Yale Prison Education Initiative. At the University of Oxford, he received graduate degrees in forced migration studies and history; he currently is a JD/PhD candidate at Yale.