Shaina Phenix is a queer, Black femme, poet,
other-art-maker, educator from Harlem, New York. She received a BA in Poetry, Theater, and Africana studies at Hampshire College, and taught middle and high school humanities for four years. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Virginia Tech and is the 2021-2022 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is—her work is—obsessed with and possessed by many sounds of black and femme existences, the passing down of stories, ocean, the body, mothering, acts of loving, and home(s).