makalani bandele is a resident of Lexington, KY. He is an Affrilachian Poets and Cave Canem fellow. He has also received fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council, Millay Colony, and Vermont Studio Center. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a BA in the Program of Liberal Studies. He is also a graduate of Shaw University with a Master of Divinity in Biblical Studies. He currently attends the University of Kentucky in pursuit of an MFA in Creative Writing. His work has been published in several anthologies, and widely in print and online journals, African-American Review, Killens Review of Arts and Letters, and Sou’wester to name a few. Most recently work from his manuscript, under the aegis of a winged mind, which won the 2019 Autumn House Press Poetry Prize and is slated to be published in September 2020, appears or is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Foundry, 32poems, and North American Review. His collection of poems hellfightin’, his only other full-length work, was published by Aquarius Press in 2011.