Yesenia Montilla is a New York City Afro-Latina poet, translator and educator. She is a founding member of Poets for Ayiti (Haiti) a collective of poets from diverse backgrounds committed to the power of poetry to transform and educate. Her poetry has appeared in the Chapbook For the Crowns of Your Head, as well as the literary journals 5AM, Adanna, The Wide Shore, Prairie Schooner, Gulf Coast and others. She received her MFA from Drew University in Poetry and Poetry in Translation and is a 2014 CantoMundo Fellow. Her first collection, The Pink Box is published by Willow Books and was long listed for the Pen Open Book Award in 2016. She lives in New York City where she’s working on her second collection of poetry. She writes her best poems while her boss is in meetings.