Arao Ameny is a Ugandan-born, US-based poet and writer who earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Baltimore. She has an MA in journalism from Indiana University and a BA in political science from the University of Indianapolis. Her first published poem, “Home Is a Woman,” appeared in the Southern Review in 2020 and won the James Olney Award. She was a winner of the 2020 Brooklyn Poets Fellowship, a finalist for the 2021 Brunel International African Poetry Prize, and a nominee for the 2021 Best New Poets Anthology. Currently, she has a one-year contract role as a biography writer and editor at the Poetry Foundation.