Mitchell L. H. Douglas is an assistant professor of creative writing at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). His poetry has appeared in Callaloo, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (University of Georgia Press), Crab Orchard Review, and Zoland Poetry Volume II (Zoland Books), among others. A founding member of the Affrilachian Poets, a Cave Canem fellow, and poetry editor for PLUCK!: The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture, Cooling Board: A Long-Playing Poem is his debut collection. Before its publication by Red Hen Press, Cooling Board was a runner-up for the 2007 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize, a semifinalist for the 2007 Blue Lynx Prize, and a semifinalist for the 2006 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, he resides in Indianapolis.