Justin Phillip Reed was born in South Carolina. He received a BA from Tusculum College and an MFA in poetry from Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author of The Malevolent Volume (Coffee House Press, 2020) and Indecency (Coffee House Press, 2018), winner of the 2018 National Book Award and the 2019 Lambda Literary Award. Reed has been awarded fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation, the Poetry Foundation, the Conversation Literary Festival, and the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis. He is the Fellow in Creative Writing at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics at the University of Pittsburgh.