Andrew Cantrell is a poet, performance artist, first-generation (former) academic, labor activist, and a white, fat, working-class southerner living in the Midwest. He has taught literature and writing at the University of Illinois, and has trained and organized healthcare, industrial, and educational workers and union members across the country. He is the author of the chapbooks Phantom Equator (above/ground press) and Stratigraphy (Finishing Line Press), and his poems and performance texts have appeared in various publications, including Lana Turner, Posit, Black Sun Lit, and Rust Belt Chicago: An Anthology. He was a finalist for the Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prize (selected by rob mclennan), and for the Beecher’s Magazine Poetry Contest (selected by Lyn Hejinian), and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Anomalous Press. As Local Projects, he has performed at venues including the Logan Center for the Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Born and raised on the Piedmont and Lookout Mountain in Georgia and Alabama, he now lives in the Central Lowlands of Illinois, on the Chicago Lake Plain, where he works as a union organizer.