Ian-Khara Ellasante (they/them) is a Black, queer, trans-nonbinary poet and cultural studies scholar. A VONA alum, Cave Canem Fellow, and recipient of the New Millennium Award for Poetry, Ian-Khara has published their creative writing in We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics, Pipe Wrench, The Feminist Wire, The Volta, and elsewhere. Their critical writing has appeared in Ethnic and Racial Studies and Transgender Studies Quarterly. Proudly hailing from Memphis, Ian-Khara has also loved living and writing in Tucson, Brooklyn, and most recently, in southern Maine, where they are an Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at Bates College.