Affrilachian Poet and Cave Canem Fellow, Bianca Spriggs, is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Lexington, Kentucky. Currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Kentucky, she holds degrees from Transylvania University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Named as one of the Top 30 Performance Poets by The Root, Bianca is the recipient of a 2013 Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship in Poetry, multiple Artist Enrichment and Arts Meets Activism grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and a Pushcart Prize Nominee. In partnership with the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, she is the creator of The SwallowTale Project: Creative Writing for Incarcerated Women, and the creator and Artistic Director of the Wild Women of Poetry Slam featured annually at the Kentucky Women Writers Conference.
Bianca is the author of Kaffir Lily (Wind Publications 2010), How Swallowtails Become Dragons (Accents Publishing 2011), and her work may be found in numerous journals and anthologies, including New Growth: Recent Kentucky Writings (Jesse Stuart Foundation), America! What’s My Name?! (Wind Publications) Red Holler: Contemporary Appalachian Literature (Sarabande), Fan Phenomena: Star Trek (Intellect Books), The Louisville Review, the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion Union Station Magazine, Rabbit Catastrophe Review, Tidal Basin Review, Muzzle, Caduceus, Alehouse, Reverie, Appalachian Heritage Magazine, and others. Bianca is the current Managing Editor for pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Art & Culture and Poetry Assistant Editor for Apex Magazine.
Visit her site at www.biancaspriggs.com