About the Instructor
Aerik Francis (they/he) is a Queer Black & Latinx poet & teaching artist based in Denver, Colorado. Francis is the author of two poetry chapbooks: MISEDUCATION (NDR 2023), winner of the 2022 New Delta Review Chapbook Prize, as well as BODYELECTRONIC (Trouble Department 2022). Aerik has received poetry fellowship support from CantoMundo, The Watering Hole, The Chrysalis Institute, and Sundress Academy for the Arts. They are also a poetry reader for Underblong poetry journal and a coordinator with Slam Nuba. Their work may be found on their website phaentompoet.com. Follow them on most social media platforms @phaentompoet.