Arriel Vinson is a 2020 Walter Grant Recipient and Midwesterner who writes about being young, Black and in search of freedom. She earned her MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College. Her poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in Kweli Journal, Catapult, The Rumpus, Waxwing and others. A Tin House YA Scholar and contributing editor for Catapult, Arriel is also a 2019 Kimbilio Fellow. Her work has been nominated for Best New Poets 2020, Best of the Net 2019, and a Pushcart Prize. You can connect with her on Twitter @arriwrites.