Alafia Nicole Sessions is a black poet and mother from Los Angeles. She currently works as an educator, actress, herbalist and doula. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Southern Humanities Review, Indiana Review, Radar Poetry, Los Angeles Review, Obsidian, Gulf Coast Journal, Tahoma Literary Review and elsewhere. Alafia was selected by Evie Shockley as the winner of the 2023 Furious Flower Prize. She is a nominee for Best New Poets, a recipient of the Sustainable Arts Foundation Award and was selected as a semi-finalist for the 92Y Discovery Prize.