Idrissa Simmonds-Nastili is a poet, essayist, fiction writer, coach and facilitator. Her work has appeared in Black Renaissance Noire, James Franco Review, Fourteen Hills Press, Room Magazine, Adirondack Review and elsewhere. She has been the recipient of fellowships and residencies from Hedgebrook, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Poets House, and VONA/Voices. She is co-editor of BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic (Haymarket Books). She curates Brunch & Word, a bi-coastal literary salon.