Yesenia Montilla is an Afro-Latina poet & a daughter of immigrants. She received her MFA from Drew University in Poetry & Poetry in translation. She is a CantoMundo graduate fellow and a 2020 NYFA fellow. Her work has been published in Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, Prairie Schooner, Gulf Coast and in Best of American Poetry 2020 and forthcoming in Best of American Poetry 2021. Her first collection The Pink Box is published by Willow Books & was longlisted for a PEN award. Her second collection is titled Muse Found in a Colonized Body (Four Way Books, 2022). She lives in Harlem, NY.