Abdul Ali—poet, writer, educator, and cultural worker – is the Andrew W. Mellon program coordinator at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC). Ali has held distinguished teaching appointments at Johns Hopkins University, Howard University, and Goucher College. He is the recipient of the 2019 Ruby Grant, from the Robert Deutsch Foundation. His debut collection of poems, Trouble Sleeping, won the 2014 New Issues Poetry Book Prize. When Ali isn’t teaching writing, he’s working with community-based arts nonprofits through his management consultancy. He is also a volunteer leader with the Baltimore-based organization, THREADS.