Safiya Sinclair was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She is the author of <i>Cannibal</i>, winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award in Literature, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Poetry, and the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. <i>Cannibal </i>was selected as one of the American Library Association’s Notable Books of the Year, was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the Seamus Heaney First Book Award in the UK, and was longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize.
Sinclair’s other honours include a Pushcart Prize, fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, the Civitella Rainieri Foundation, the Elizabeth George Foundation, MacDowell, Yaddo, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her work has appeared in <i>The New Yorker</i>, <i>Granta</i>, <i>The Nation</i>, <i>Poetry</i>, <i>Kenyon Review</i>, and elsewhere. She is currently an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Arizona State University. Her memoir, <i>How to Say Babylon</i>, is forthcoming in August 2023 from Fourth Estate.