Tennison S. Black (they/she) is the author of Survival Strategies, a winner of the National Poetry Series (fall 2023, UGA Press).
They are a queer, multiply disabled writer/poet/artist/editor who received an MFA at Arizona State University and a BA at Western Washington University. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in SWWIM, Hotel Amerika, Booth, Queer Words, Wordgathering, and New Mobility, among others. They are the Managing Editor at Sundress Publications and also at Best of the Net, and editor of the forthcoming anthology of contemporary disability, A Body You Talk To. They are a twice awarded Virginia G. Piper global teaching and research fellow. Black has taught writing, fiction, poetry, composition, and/or publishing at The National University of Singapore, Arizona State University, Fairhaven College at Western Washington University, and Perryville Women’s Prison, among other places.
Black has served as an Editor, Managing Editor, or Editor-in-Chief at Hayden’s Ferry Review, Inkspeak, Doubleback Review, and other journals. They have coordinated or directed reading series’ including a 2-year stint at Poets in Pajamas.
Though Sonoran born (Yuma, AZ), they reside in Washington State.