Alexandria Ashford is a poet, ethnographer, and hip hop critic. She received a Bachelors Degree in creative writing from Pepperdine University in 2010 and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of New Orleans in 2013. Her first collection of poetry, Danke Schoen: Poems was published in 2010 and received the Prize Americana for Poetry, a national award given to an emerging poet of exceptional promise. Her poems have appeared in literary journals and anthologies such as Chopper, Silk Road, Review Americana, South Jersey Underground, The Rose and Thorn and, most recently, New Writing: An Anthology of Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Drama: The Best of Americana. She is the editor of Ethnografis: A Poet Reads Rap, a blog that conducts critical analyses of hip hop using the tools of ethnography, anthropology, and literary theory. Born and raised in rural Mississippi, Ashford’s writings explore the intrusion of hegemony into Afro-diasporic cultures as well as the synthesis of African, West Indian, and American cultures. She is currently conducting research for her second poetry collection, Seance and her first nonfiction collection, Rootwork.