Sakinah Hofler was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. In 2017, she won the Manchester Fiction Prize. Previously, her poetry has been shortlisted for the Manchester Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Mid-American Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Philadelphia Stories, and elsewhere. She was a 2015-2016 recipient of the Edward H. and Mary C. Kingsbury Fellowship at Florida State University. A former quality and chemical engineer for the United States Department of Defense, she’s currently a PhD student and an Alfred C. Yates Fellow at the University of Cincinnati.