Called “a modern-day Renaissance woman” by the Chicago Sun-Times, Jamila Woods is a poet, singer, and teaching artist. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and her poetry has been published by MUZZLE, Third World Press, and Poetry magazine. She is the associate artistic director of Young Chicago Authors and a founding member of its Teaching Artist Corps. 

Woods is a member of Dark Noise, a collective of poets & educators of color. She is also the frontwoman of the Chicago-based soul duo M&O, whose music has been featured in SPIN, OkayPlayer, JET, and Ebony. In 2015, she was awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. Woods lives in Chicago.