Dawnie Walton is a writer and journalist. Her debut novel, Opal & Nev, is forthcoming from 37 Ink/Atria Books. She has been a MacDowell Colony fellow (2015) and a Tin House Scholar (2017), and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop (2018). Previously, she has worked as an executive-level editor at Essence, Entertainment Weekly, Getty Images, and LIFE. Her short fiction has been featured on Poets & Writers’ “Ampersand” podcast and as part of “Let’s Play: Imagination, Intuition, and Black Creativity,” an interdisciplinary exhibit of Afrofuturist art at Oakland’s Pro-Arts Gallery.