Brynn Saito is a poet, educator, and organizer. She is the author of two books of poetry from Red Hen Press, Power Made Us Swoon (2016) and The Palace of Contemplating Departure (2013), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award and a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. She also co-authored, with Traci Brimhall, Bright Power, Dark Peace (Diode Editions, 2016). Brynn is a recipient of the Kundiman Poetry Fellowship and a two-time recipient of the California State Library’s Civil Liberties Public Education grant. She co-directs Yonsei Memory Project (YMP) with Fresno artist, farmer, and writer, Nikiko Masumoto; YMP utilizes arts-based inquiry to generate dialogue connecting the WWII incarceration of the Japanese American community with current struggles for justice. Currently, Brynn is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing in the English Department at Fresno State.