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K. Avvirin Gray is an Assistant Professor of English with Specialization in Native American Literature at Washington and Lee University. She holds a Ph.D. in American Studies and Ethnicity from USC, an M.A. in American Indian Studies from UCLA and a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College. Avvirin recently defended her dissertation entitled, Peculiar Paradise: Tribal Place, Property and the Peripatetic Tradition in African American Literature. A poet as well as a scholar, Avvirin's poems have appeared in Boston Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Women's Studies Quarterly and The Georgia Review. In June 2020, she was awarded a residency in poetry at the Millay Colony for the Arts. Recently, Avvirin's full-length poetry manuscript, Leda's Daughters was a finalist for the 2022 New American Poetry Prize. Her scholarly reviews have appeared in Women's Review of Books.