teri elam, an Atlantan, has been published in Prairie Schooner, Slice Magazine, december magazine, Auburn Avenue, Limp Wrist, Cave Canem’s The Ringing Ear, and VONA’s Dismantle. She has essays included or forthcoming in an anthology contemplating the 2020 pandemic, Alone Together, and the Greenwood Art Project catalogue, a 1921 Tulsa Massacre Centennial initiative. Her lamentation about black girls being criminalized in schools, “Butterflies,” was adapted into a Visual Poetry Project film. A recent Pushcart nominee, she’s also a Rita Dove and Two Sylvias Wilder Prize finalist. Her poem about the legendary Doris Payne was awarded honorable mention in the Jeff Marks Memorial prize competition. A graduate of the Jeff Justice Standup Comedy and Sundance Co//ab’s Comedy Screenwriting workshops, she is currently writing her first feature. A proud Tuskegee University alumna, teri also has an EdM in HROD from the University of Georgia and an MFA from Stonecoast.