Tyler Allen Penny is a bi poet, performer, and educator from a one stoplight town in the pine belt of Mississippi. His poems can be found in Best New Poets 2018, Columbia Journal, TSR: The Southampton Review, Deep South Magazine, Salt Journal, OF ZOOS, and Fearsome Critters: A Millennial Arts Journal. He is the recipient of the Joseph Kelly Prize and scholarships to attend Tin House's Winter Workshop, and artist residencies at Taleamor Park and the Vermont Studio Center. He has performed for the USDAC People's State of the Union, Southampton Arts Writer's Speak Wednesdays, and Poetry Street Riverhead. In 2017, He received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Literature from Stony Brook Southampton, where he taught undergraduate poetry courses, as well as high school playwriting courses for the Young Artists and Writers Project.