Kimberly Ann Southwick is an Aries with a Capricorn Moon & Ascendant. She is the founder & editor in chief of the literary arts journal GIGANTIC SEQUINS, which has been in print since 2009. Her current manuscript in circulation, ORCHID ALPHA, has been a finalist for the 2018 Moon City Press Prize in Poetry, Elixir Press's 2019 Antivenom Poetry Award, & Milk & Cake's 2019 Open Reading Period, as well as a semi-finalist for the 2019 Perugia Press Prize, amongst other honors. She has been a featured reader at the Open Mouth Poetry Festival and Dogfish New Orleans Reading series. Her poetry has been a finalist for the 2016 Yemassee Poetry Prize & semi-finalist for the Beecher's Magazine 2016 Poetry Prize. She will graduate in Spring 2020 with her doctorate in English & Creative Writing at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she recently successfully defended her dissertation "Aletheia: An original collection of poems and a play, with an essay exploring hybridity in works by contemporary American women poets via hybrid utterance." Her department has awarded her the 2016-17 Dr. Shelley Anne Martin award for best seminar paper, the 2017-8 Florence Jones award for overall excellence, & the 2018-9 Robert and Bernice M. Webb Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching at the Advanced Level. The Graduate School has awarded her the 2018 Richard G. Neiheisel & Mary B. Neiheisel Dissertation Award. Her most recently published poetry chapbook is EFS & VEES from Hyacinth Girl Press. Kimberly received her MA in English from NYU & her BFA in Writing, Literature, & Publishing from Emerson College. She currently lives in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana with her husband, Geoffrey Thompson, and their two rescue dogs, Jasper and Nova.