Metta Sáma is author of the year we turned dragon (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs), le animal & other creatures (Miel), After "Sleeping to Dream"/After After (Nous-Zot Press), Nocturne Trio (YesYes Books) & South of Here (New Issues Press), published under her legal name, Lydia Melvin. Her poems, fiction, and creative nonfiction essays have been published in Heir Apparent, Valley Voices, Puerto del Sol’s Black Voices Series, Literary Hub, Kweli, bluestem, Apogee, All About Skin (edited by Jina Ortiz & Rochelle Spencer), Please Excuse This Poem: 100 Poets for the Next Generation (edited by Lynn Melnick & Brett Fletcher Lauer), among others. She has served as special guest editor for Reverie, Black Camera, RedLeaf Poetry Journal, and North American Review. Sáma is co-winner of the 2016 Robert H. Winner Memorial Award from Poetry Society of America. She serves on the advisory board of Black Radish Book and the Board of Directors at Cave Canem Foundation, Inc. She is a Fellow at Black Earth Institute and is the director of Center for Women Writers and an Assistant Professor and Director of Creative Writing at Salem College.