Clemonce Heard is a New Orleans native. He received a BFA in Graphic Communications from Northwestern State University and his MFA in Creative Writing from Oklahoma State University. He was awarded an honorable mention in the 2017 Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize, a runner-up for the 2018 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival Poetry Award, 2nd place in the 2018 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize, 1st place in the 2018 Connecticut Poetry Award Contest and was a finalist in the 2019 Jeffrey E. Smith Editor’s Prize. His work has appeared in Obsidian, Ruminate, Four Way Review and Opossum among others, and is forthcoming in Saranac Review and Connecticut River Review.