Harryette Mullen is the author of several poetry collections, including Recyclopedia, winner of a PEN Beyond Margins Award, and Sleeping with the Dictionary, a finalist for a National Book Award, National Book Critics Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She was awarded a Jackson Poetry Prize in 2010 and a United States Artist Fellowship in 2008. Her poems have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Polish, German, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Turkish, Bulgarian, and Kyrgyz. The Cracks Between, a collection of her essays and interviews, was published by University of Alabama Press in 2012. Her book of poems, Urban Tumbleweed (Graywolf Press) was a "top pick" for fall 2013 by the Los Angeles Times. She teaches American poetry, African American literature, and creative writing at UCLA. Photo credit: Judy Natal.