Rio Cortez is a Pushcart-nominated poet, who has received fellowships from Poet's House, Cave Canem, and Canto Mundo Foundations. She has been a recipient of the Sarah Lawrence College Lucy Grealy Prize in Poetry, the 2012 Poets & Writers Amy Award, a 2015 Jerome Foundation Grantee, a finalist for the 2017 June Jordan Fellowship, and a semi-finalist for the 2018 Boston Review Discovery Prize. Rio is a graduate of the MFA program at NYU. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in a number of journals, including The Miami Rail, The Offing, Cortland Review, Prairie Schooner, and Buzzfeed. Rio Cortez was selected by Ross Gay as the inaugural winner of the Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize for her manuscript, I Have Learned to Define a Field as a Space Between Mountains, available from Jai-Alai Books. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, she now lives, writes, and works in Harlem at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.