Francine J. Harris is a Cave Canem poet and writer in residence at Washington University in St. Louis. She won the 2017 Lambda Literary Award and the Audre Lorde Award for play dead. Her first collection, allegiance, was a finalist for the 2013 Kate Tufts Discovery and PEN Open Book Awards. She also won the 2014 Boston Review Annual Poetry Contest and was awarded a 2015 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is originally from Detroit.