Xandria Phillips is a writer, educator, and abstract artist from rural Ohio. The recipient of the Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging Writers, Xandria has received fellowships from Oberlin College, Cave Canem, Callaloo, The Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and The Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University, where they are currently researching and composing a project book of poems and paintings that explore black feeling and materiality. Xandria is also a Dream Space Residency recipient at The Center for African American Poetry and Poetics and August Wilson House. Their poetry has been featured in American Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, Crazyhorse, Poets.org, Virginia Quarterly Review, and BOMB Magazine. Xandria’s poem “For a Burial Free of Sharks'' won the Gigant Sequins Poetry Contest judged by Lucas de Lima, and their chapbook, Reasons for Smoking, won the 2016 Seattle Review Chapbook Contest judged by Claudia Rankine. Xandria’s first book, Hull was published by Nightboat Books in 2019 and is a recipient of a Lambda Literary Award.