Cheswayo Mphanza was born in Lusaka, Zambia, and raised in Chicago, Ill. He earned a B.A. in English from Middlebury College. His work has been featured in or is forthcoming from New England Review, Vinyl, Prairie Schooner, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and RHINO. He has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Callaloo, Columbia University, and Cave Canem. He is an MFA candidate in poetry at Rutgers-Newark.