D. Watkins is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of The Beast Side,The Cook Up, and We Speak for Ourselves, which was a One Book, one Baltimore selection. He is Editor at Large for Salon. His most recent book, We Speak for Ourselves was a One Book, one Baltimore pick His work has been published in the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, and other publications. He is a college lecturer at the University of Baltimore and holds a Master's in Education from Johns Hopkins University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Baltimore. Watkins’ awards include the BMe Genius Grant for dynamic Black leaders and the Ford’s Men of Courage award for Black male storytellers. He was also a finalist for a 2016 Hurston Wright Legacy Award and The Cook Up was a 2017 Books for a Better Life finalist. He is lives in Baltimore, MD with his wife and daughter.