Gabrielle Octavia Rucker is a writer from the Great Lakes. Her work has appeared in various media and publications, including the Sundance Film Festival, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Montez Press Radio, Dance Lawyer, Vogue, The Academy of American Poets and more. She is a 2020-2021 Poetry Project Fellow and 2016 Kimbilio Fiction Fellow. From time to time, she works as a teaching artist at Catapult and The School for Poetic Computation. She is the co-founder of Sparkle Nation, a literary arts collective dedicated to the written word and organizing through its various forms. Her debut poetry collection Dereliction, is forthcoming from The Song Cave in 2022.