Arriel Vinson

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Arriel Vinson is a Tin House YA Scholar and Hoosier who writes about being young, Black, and in search of freedom. She earned her MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in Kweli Journal, The Rumpus, Catapult, and others. Her work has also been nominated for Best New Poets 2020, Best of the Net 2019, and a Pushcart Prize. A Walter Grant recipient, she is also a 2019 Kimbilio Fellow and 2020 92Y Discovery Poetry Contest semifinalist. 


Cover Photo: On the left is Arriel Vinson's headshot; on the right is Jasmine Guillory's. Behind them is a mosaic of Guillory's book covers.
Publishing Is Finally Taking Romance Seriously—and Jasmine Guillory is Here For It

For our Romance Week series, Arriel Vinson interviews bestselling novelist Jasmine Guillory about the past, present, and future of the romance genre.

Feb 14, 2023
Cover Photo: Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult
playing the dozens with loneliness

your lonely ain’t alone if it’s waiting for him

Nov 10, 2021
Cover Photo: Illustration by Shanee Benjamin for Catapult
After Divorce at Twenty-Four, Lizzo Taught Me to Love Myself Again

"Juice" had the type of lyrics that forced me out of my solitude, whether I wanted to be out of it or not.

Feb 06, 2020