Shayla Lawz is a writer and interdisciplinary artist from Jersey City, NJ. She works at the intersection of text, sound, and performance and has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Jack Jones Literary Arts, The Center for African American Poetry and Poetics (CAAPP), and The Digital Studies Center at Rutgers-Camden (DiSC). She holds a BA in English from Rutgers University and an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University. Her writing and hybrid/sound work appears in McSweeney’s Quarterly, Catapult, and The Poetry Project, among others. She lives in Brooklyn, NY where she teaches in the Department of Humanities and Media Studies at Pratt Institute.