Roger Bonair-Agard is a native of Trinidad & Tobago, and Brooklyn; a Cave Canem fellow, and author of four full length collections of poetry, tarnish & masquerade (Cypher Books, 2006), GULLY (Cypher Books/Peepal Tree Press, 2010) and Bury My Clothes (Haymarket Books, 2013), which was long listed for the National Book Award, and won the Society of Midland Authors Award for Poetry 2013, and Where Brooklyn At?! (forthcoming in 2016 from Willow Books).  A two-time National Poetry Slam Champion, Roger is also co-founder of NYC’s LouderARTS Project. He has appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and been featured at universities and literary festivals throughout the world.  Roger is extensively published in journals and anthologies.  He is Director of Creative Writing with Free Write Arts & Literacy  at Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.  The creator and facilitator of The Baldwin Protocols: towards an arts based intervention for students of color in higher learning, at University of Dubuque, he lives and works in Chicago and New York City.  He is Nina’s father.