Tyler Allen Penny is a queer southern poet, performer, and educator. His poems have been published in Best New Poets, Columbia Journal, TSR: The Southampton Review, Deep South Magazine, Salt Journal, OF ZOOS, Fearsome Critters: A Millennial Arts Journal, and Typishly. He holds a BA from the University of Mississippi and an MFA from Stony Brook University, where he taught undergraduate poetry and creative writing workshops. Throughout the east end of Long Island, NY, he also taught playwriting in schools and libraries for the Young Artists and Writers Project and the Jeanette Sarkisian Wagner Teen Writing Program. He’s been awarded the Joseph Kelly Prize in Creative Writing from Stony Brook Southampton, a distinguished travel award to attend the Tin House Winter Workshop, and artist residencies at Taleamor Park and the Vermont Studio Center. He’s performed his poetry for the USDAC People’s State of the Union at the Parrish Art Museum, Writers Speak Wednesdays and Poetry Street Riverhead. He lives and teaches in the Hamptons.