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JP Howard

JP Howard was born and raised in New York City. She is the author of SAY/MIRROR (The Operating System, 2015), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. She has received fellowships and grants from the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund, the Brooklyn Arts Council, Cave Canem, and the Lambda Foundation. Howard currently serves as curator of the Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon, and she lives in New York City.

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