Keno Evol is a poet, educator, and scholar of insurgent possibilities based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He serves as the founder and executive director of Black Table Arts, home to the Because Black Life Conference, which takes place annually at the University of Minnesota. He is editor of A Garden Of Black Joy: Global Poetry From The Edges of Liberation And Living. At his core he is a facilitator of empathy and imagination. His work hones in on the literary arts and the black radical tradition as curriculum for the future. Evol won first place in the 2017 Sonia Sanchez-Langston Hughes Poetry Contest and has received the Verve Grant, the Beyond the Pure fellowship, the Emerging Writers Grant, and the Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship for his work.