Ashaki M. Jackson, Ph.D., is a social psychologist, program evaluator and poet who has worked with at-risk and post-incarceration youth through research, evaluation, and creative arts mentoring for one decade. She is also a Cave Canem alumna, VONA alumna and WriteGirl mentor. Her work has appeared in Eleven Eleven, Rkvry Quarterly, pluck! and Prairie Schooner, among other journals and anthologies. She is also co-founder of Women Who Submit, a community that supports women in submitting their literary works to top-tier journals. She earned her MFA (poetry) from Antioch University Los Angeles and her doctorate (social psychology) from Claremont Graduate University.