A. H. Jerriod Avant is from Longtown, Mississippi. A graduate of Jackson State University, Avant has earned MFA degrees from Spalding University and New York University. He’s a recipient of residencies and scholarships from Vermont Studio Center, the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference and Naropa’s Summer Writing Program. Avant has received two winter poetry fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and a 2019 emerging artist grant from the St. Botolph Club Foundation. He curated a special series of Poem-a-Day from August 17–August 28, 2020 and is a PhD candidate at the University of Rhode Island.