Rachel J. Webster is the author of BENJAMIN BANNEKER AND US: ELEVEN GENERATIONS OF AN AMERICAN FAMILY (Henry Holt 2023). Webster has also published four books of poetry and cross-genre writing, including MARY IS A RIVER, which was a finalist for the National Poetry Series, and SEPTEMBER. She is a full professor of Creative Writing at Northwestern University, where she has taught for the last 15 years. She has also taught writing workshops through the Urban League, Chicago Public Schools, Gallery 37, and the Pacific Northwest College of Art, working to bring diversity and antiracist awareness into creative writing curriculum. Rachel’s essays, poems and stories are published widely in outlets including Poetry, Tin House and The Yale Review.