Rio Cortez is the New York Times bestselling author of The ABCs of Black History (Workman, 2020), her debut poetry collection, Golden Ax, is forthcoming from Penguin Books in 2022. 



Rio is a Pushcart-nominated poet who has received fellowships from Poet's House, Cave Canem, and Canto Mundo Foundations. Rio has been the recipient of the Sarah Lawrence College Lucy Grealy Prize in Poetry, a Poets & Writers Amy Award, and a Jerome Foundation grant. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, she now lives, writes, and works in Harlem.