(1978, Washington). Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet and photographer. Her literary and visual work has been widely published in journals, magazines, anthologies, and periodicals such as Callaloo, Poets & Writers, The New York Times, American Poetry Review, and The Writer’s Chronicle, among many others. She is widely known for her literary portraits, fine art photography, and lyric videos. Griffiths is the author of Miracle Arrhythmia (Willow Books 2010) and The Requited Distance (The Sheep Meadow Press 2011). Griffiths’ third collection of poetry, Mule & Pear (New Issues Poetry & Prose 2011), was selected for the 2012 Inaugural Poetry Award by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Her most recent full-length poetry collection is Lighting the Shadow (Four Way Books 2015), which was a finalist for the 2015 Balcones Poetry Prize and the 2016 Phillis Wheatley Book Award in Poetry. Currently, Griffiths teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and IAIA (Institute of American Indian Arts). She lives in Brooklyn, New York.