Becky Thompson is a writer, teacher, yoga instructor, and activist living in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. Her books include Survivors on the Mat: Yoga Stories for those Healing from Trauma (forthcoming), Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS From the Black Disapora (co-edited with Randall Horton and Michael Hunter, Third World Press, 2007); Zero is the Whole I Fall into at Night (Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2011); When the Center is on Fire (co-authored with Diane Harriford, University of Texas Press, 2008), A Promise and A Way of Life (University of Minnesota Press, 2001); and Mothering without a Compass (University of Minnesota Press, 2000). Her awards include grants from the NEH, the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Association for University Women, the Ford Foundation, Political Research Associates and the Gustavus Myers Award for Outstanding Books on Human Rights in North America. She has taught at Duke University, Wesleyan University, Bowdoin College, the University of Colorado, and currently is Professor of Sociology at Simmons College. Her recent poems appear in the Harvard Review, We Begin Here: For Palestine and Lebanon, Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas, Amandla, Illuminations, The Teacher’s Voice, and Margie. Her first collection of poetry, Zero is the Hole I Fall into at Night, was Editor’s Selection Series – Main Street Rag and winner of the 2011 Creative Justice Chapbook Poetry Prize.