Stephanie Pruitt is a poet, arts educator and dot-to-dot-to-dot connector. This Cave Canem Fellow and member of the Affrilachian Poets received the 2010 Academy of American Poets Prize, the 2009 Sedberry Prize and was a finalist for Poets and Writers' Maureen Egen Award. Essence Magazine/Essence.com selected her as one of their "40 Favorite Poets" in 2010. Pruitt is the author of I Am: A Poetic Journey Towards Self Definition and the chapbooks Life on Lay-a-way and Sugar, in addition to a spoken word CD, Choice Words. Her work has appeared in Palimpsest, Southern Women's Review, Essence Magazine, Chapter 16, and numerous anthologies including The Ringing Ear, Temba Tupu, and Faces. She earned her M.F.A. at Vanderbilt University, where she taught in the English department and at the Peabody School of Education. Her poems have been described as "high art with a hearty dose of biscuit-sopping goodness."