Ashaki M. Jackson, Ph.D., is a social psychologist, program evaluator and poet. She has worked for the past decade with youth in the juvenile justice system through research, evaluation and creative arts mentoring. Her work has appeared in CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action, Pluck! Journal of Affrilachian Arts and Culture and Prairie Schooner among other journals and anthologies. Writ Large Press published her chapbook, Surveillance, in March 2016 and her second chapbook, Language Lesson, is now available from MIEL. Jackson 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. She lives in Los Angeles.