Sara Deniz Akant is a Turkish-American educator, poet, and performer. She is the author of Babette (Rescue Press 2015), Parades (Omnidawn 2014), and Latronic Strag (Persistent Editions 2015). She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and is a doctoral candidate in English at the CUNY Grad Center, where she runs the GC Poetics group with friends. She teaches writing at John Jay College and lives in Brooklyn.