Dare Williams, assistant judge of our Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest, is a Queer HIV-positive poet and literary worker rooted in Southern California. A 2019 PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow, he has received support/fellowships for his work from the Ashbery Home School, The Frost Place, Brooklyn Poets, Breadloaf, Tin House, and Vermont Studio Center. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and Best American Poets 2022 and is featured in Foglifter, Frontier, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. He is an associate poetry editor at Hooligan Magazine and an MFA student at Warren Wilson College. To learn more about Dare's writing, visit his website.