Justin Phillip Reed was born and raised in South Carolina. His first full-length collection of poems, Indecency, is forthcoming from Coffee House Press in 2018. His work appears in African American Review, Best American Essays, Callaloo, The Kenyon Review, Obsidian, and elsewhere. He holds a BA in creative writing from Tusculum College and an MFA in poetry from Washington University in St. Louis, where he also served as Junior Writer-in-Residence. The author of the chapbook A History of Flamboyance (YesYes Books, 2016), he has received fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation and the Conversation Literary Festival. He lives in St. Louis.