Dr. Kimberly Dixon is a writer, performer and arts administrator. A Cave Canem fellow, her poetry has been published in journals including The Drunken Boat, Torch, Versal, Reverie, and in the anthology Just Like a Girl: A Manifesta! from GirlChild Press. She also released her first poetry collection, SenseMemory, with Blue Pantry Publishers. As a playwright, she has received readings and staged productions at Crossroads Theatre Company, Plowshares Theatre Company, and Strawdog Theatre Company, and her comic play The Gizzard of Brownsville was a finalist for the Theodore Ward Prize for African-American Playwrights. From 2005-2010 she was a founding member of the Guild’s collaborative writing/performance project the Poetry Performance Incubator. She then became Executive Director of the Guild Literary Complex in 2010, producing the Incubator as well as several other literary events and programs around Chicago. She has also worked and volunteered in marketing and audience research and development, including 10 years as an ad agency brand planner. She holds a B.A. Psychology/Theater Studies from Yale University an M.A. in Afro-American Studies (playwriting concentration) from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Theatre/Drama from Northwestern University.