Nikia Leopold is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars in Poetry, and has a PhD in Art History, also from Hopkins. Her poems have appeared in various magazines, including The American Scholar, Commonweal, Measure, The Southern Review, and Poetry. Her chapbook, Dark Feathers, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2004. Another, Small Pleasures, won the 2012 Blue Light Press Contest. Her book, Swan and Jack-knife, was published by Main Street Rag in 2015. She writes and illustrates children’s books and lives in Ruxton, Maryland with her cat, Tinker.