A. Rafael Johnson grew up in New York, Arkansas, and Texas. He holds a BA from the University of Texas, an MFA from The University of Alabama, and is a Kimbilio Fellow. He has worked in theatre, taught in post-war Liberia, and currently co-owns TerraLuna Collaborative, a consulting firm that provides research, evaluation, and strategic planning for social justice, arts, healing, and education initiatives. His first novel, The Through (Jaded Ibis Press, 2017) is a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. His work has been seen in Callaloo, African American Review, Kweli (which published a version of “The Boy Who Climbed His Mother….,” here in director’s cut form), and other publications. Additionally, Johnson teaches at The Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and will begin teaching at The Loft Literary Center later this year. Visit arafaeljohnson.com for more information.