Arriel Vinson is a Tin House Winter Workshop alumna and Midwesterner who writes about being young, Black, and in search of freedom. She earned her MFA in fiction from Sarah Lawrence College. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in Kweli Journal, Catapult, Electric Literature, Waxwing, and others. Arriel's work has been nominated for Best New Poets 2020, Best of the Net 2019, and a Pushcart Prize. She is a 2020 92Y Discovery Poetry Contest semifinalist, a contributing editor for Catapult and Apogee Journal, and a 2019 Kimbilio Fellow.