Rebecca Black’s first book, “Cottonlandia,” won a Juniper Prize from the University of Massachusetts Press. “Hers is a poetry full of promise and pain, migrating from Otis Redding to nanotechnology, “ writes New Yorker poetry editor Kevin Young. A former Wallace Stegner at Stanford University and National Endowment For the Arts fellow, in 2011 she was an inaugural Fulbright visiting professor at the Seamus Heaney Center in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has been the Director of Creative Writing at Santa Clara University and a member of the MFA faculty at UNC Greensboro. She lives in Albany, California where she has served as the city’s 2016-2020 Poet Laureate.