Roger Bonair-Agard is a native of Trinidad & Tobago and Brooklyn, a Cave Canem fellow, and author of four full length collections of poetry, tarnish & masquerade (Cypher Books, 2006), GULLY (Cypher Books/Peepal Tree Press, 2010) and Bury My Clothes (Haymarket Books, 2013), which was long listed for the National Book Award, and won the Society of Midland Authors Award for Poetry 2013, and Where Brooklyn At?! (forthcoming in 2016 from Willow Books/Aquarius Press). Writer-in-Residence at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust, Roger is a two-time National Poetry Slam champion, co-founder of NYC’s LouderARTS Project, founding member of NYC’s Vision Into Art, and creator and facilitator of The Baldwin Protocols: an arts based intervention and Reading Series. He has appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and been featured at universities and literary festivals throughout the world. Roger is extensively published in journals and anthologies. He is Program Director in charge of Creative Writing with Free Write Arts & Literacy at Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. He lives and works in Chicago and New York City. He is Nina’s father.