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 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 dogs, Jasper and Nova. They will be relocating to Jacksonville, Alabama after graduation so that she may begin a tenure-track job at Jacksonville State University within their English department as an Assistant Professor specializing in Poetry and Creative Writing.