Justin Phillip Reed is the author of Indecency, 2018 National Book Award winner in Poetry, and A History of Flamboyance. His work appears in African American Review, Best American Essays, Callaloo, The Kenyon Review, Obsidian, and elsewhere. A three-time high school expellee and ex-college dropout, he earned a BA in creative writing (Tusculum College) and an MFA in poetry (Washington University, St. Louis, where he served as Junior Writer-in-Residence). He received fellowships from Cave Canem Foundation, Conversation Literary Festival, and Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis. Reed was born and raised in South Carolina and lives in St. Louis.