Mahogany L. Browne, selected as Kennedy Center’s Next 50 and Wesleyan’s 2022-23 Distinguished Writer-in-Residence, the Executive Director of JustMedia, and the Artistic Director of Urban Word, is a writer, playwright, organizer, & educator. Browne has received fellowships from Arts for Justice, Air Serenbe, Cave Canem, Poets House, Mellon Research & Rauschenberg. She is the author of recent works: VINYL MOON, CHLORINE SKY, WOKE: A YOUNG POETS CALL TO JUSTICE, WOKE BABY, and BLACK GIRL MAGIC. Founder of the diverse lit initiative Woke Baby Book Fair, Browne’s latest poetry collection CHROME VALLEY is a promissory note to survival and available from Norton in Spring 2023. She readies for her stage debut of CHLORINE SKY at Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, Illinois. She is the first-ever poet-in-residence at the Lincoln Center and lives in Brooklyn, NY.