Shamar Hill, Director of Institutional Giving & Stewardship, was born in Harlem and raised in Brooklyn. He received his MFA in creative writing from New York University. Before joining the Academy of American Poets, Shamar worked for more than ten years as a development consultant forging new partnerships and nurturing existing ones for nonprofits. He is also on the board at The Fostering Connection, which offers pro-bono psychoanalysis to foster children. He is a Cave Canem Fellow, and the recipient of numerous awards including a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a scholarship from Fine Arts Work Center. He has been published or has work forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, Washington Square Review, Day One, Southern Humanities Review, and Kenyon Review Online. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two sons.