Danian Jerry, a writer, teacher, and musician, holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Memphis where he teaches literature and English composition. He is a 2020 VONA Fellow and a Fiction Editor of Obsidian. Danian founded Neighborhood Heroes, a youth arts program that employs comic books and literary arts. He also works with special needs students at the Bowie Reading and Learning Center. He was a featured guest at the 2019 Mercedes-Benz SXSW MeConvention at Frankfurt, Germany. His work is discussed in This Ain’t Chicago: Race, Class, & Regional Identity in the Post-Soul South (University of North Carolina Press), Hip Hop in America: A Regional Guide (two volumes, Greenwood), and other publications. As a professor, he taught fiction writing and performance reading at Memphis College of Art, and he teaches literature and composition at the University of Memphis and serves as a Writing Specialist at Rust College. Currently, he revises his first novel, Boy with the Golden Arm. As a child he read and drew comics, and as an adult he writes his own adventures. His work appears or is forthcoming in Fireside Fiction, Apex-Magazine.com and Trouble the Waters: Tales from the Deep.