Toi Derricotte has published five books of poetry, the most recent of which is The Undertaker’s Daughter. Her literary memoir, The Black Notebooks, received the Anisfield-Wolf Award and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She is a recipient of the Paterson Poetry Prize for Sustained Literary Achievement and the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation. With Cornelius Eady, she co-founded Cave Canem in 1996. She has served on the Academy of American Poets’ Board of Chancellors.