About

A person with short hair and crossed tattooed arms wearing a black shirt leans against a sun dappled yellow wall.

Queer and multiply-disabled writer Tennison S. Black is the author of Survival Strategies (winner of the National Poetry Series, UGA Press 2023). Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in SWWIM, Hotel Amerika, Booth, Wordgathering, and New Mobility, among others. Black received their MFA at Arizona State University. They are the Managing Editor at Sundress Publications and Best of the Net and are the editor of the anthology on contemporary disability, A Body You Talk To.

It is with immense gratitude that they’ve received support in this work through the Virginia G. Piper Center, VCCA, and countless friends and loves who also deserve space in their bio.

Black has taught or spoken on creative writing (poetry and fiction), and/or publishing at Western Washington University, Arizona State University, Perryville Women’s Prison, The National University of Singapore, and at a host of engagements or conferences such as AWP, among others.

Though Sonoran born, Tennison Black resides in Washington State and teaches writing at Arizona State University.

(All of the author on this site are courtesy of the extremely talented Cocoa Laney.)