Simone Savannah is the author of Like Kansas (Big Lucks 2018). Her poetry manuscript Uses of My Body was a finalist for the 2018 Barrow Street Press Book Contest. She was a 2017 finalist for the Rita Dove Award in Poetry. Her poems have appeared in Black Girl Magic (BreakBeat Poets Vol 2), Ocean State Review, Big Lucks, GlitterMob, The Fem, Powder Keg, The Continental Review, and The Pierian. She holds a Phd in Creative Writing from the University of Kansas. She was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She currently lives in Lawrence, Kansas and serves as the Academic Services Coordinator for the KU McNair Scholars Program. Places she considers important in Kansas include the Brown V. Board National Historic Site and the women of color mural at the Lawrence Public Library.