Adebe DeRango-Adem is a writer and English Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. Formerly the Assistant Editor for the arts and literary journal, Existere, her work has been published in various North American sources, such as The Claremont Review, Canadian Literature, CV2, Descant, and the Toronto Star. She won the Toronto Poetry Competition in 2005 to become Toronto’s first Junior Poet Laureate, has mentored with Anne Waldman and Amiri Baraka through the summer writing program at Naropa University, and is the author of the poetry collection Ex Nihilo (Frontenac House, 2010), which was longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize in Literature—the world’s largest literary prize for writers under 30. She is also the editor, with Andrea Thompson, of Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out (Inanna Publications, 2010). She continues to write on issues related to race, culture, and literature at www.adebe.wordpress.com.