Janel Cloyd is a Poet and Writer. She has been awarded a Willow Arts Alliance Residency with history concentration in the Weeksville African American Cultural Arts Center. She is a Watering Hole Poetry, DreamYard and VONA Fellow. Publications include: The Black Lives Have Always Mattered Anthology, Mujeres, The Magic, The Movement, & The Muse Anthology. The Yellow Chair, Poeming Pigeon and Cave Canem Digital, Gathering Round. Cloyd is a 2022 finalist for the Furious Flower poetry Prize. She is a 2021 finalist for The Bronx Poet Laureate, a nominee for 2021 Best in Net and a 2017 finalist in The Peregrine Journal Pat Schneider Poetry Contest. Cloyd's work appears in the Fall 2018 Peregrine Journal, About Place Journal, Cloyd is a mixed media artist with a concentration in collage, paper arts, fiber,text and images. Her work explores and embraces the themes of womanhood, spirituality and the feminine body aesthetic.