Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, Ph.D., is the author of three books: the novel Big Girl, a New York Times Editors’ Choice and winner of the Balcones Fiction Prize and the Next Generation Indie Book Award for First Novel; a short story collection, Blue Talk and Love, winner of the Judith Markowitz Award from Lambda Literary; and The Poetics of Difference: Queer Feminist Forms in the African Diaspora, winner of the William Sanders Scarborough Prize from the MLA. In her writing, she explores the links between language, imagination, and bodily life in Black queer and feminist experience. Her work has earned honors and support from Bread Loaf, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Institute for Citizens and Scholars, the Mellon Foundation, the Center for Fiction, the NEA and others. Originally from Harlem, NY, she is Associate Professor of English at Georgetown University and lives in Washington DC.