Ronnie K. Stephens is a college educator and father of six, with a strong interest in sociopolitical writing. He holds a BA in Classical Studies from the University of Arkansas, as well as an MA in Creative Writing and an MFA in Fiction from Wilkes University. During his time at Wilkes, he was awarded two scholarships and won the Etruscan Press Prize. Stephens is presently pursuing a PhD in English from the University of Texas at Arlington with a focus on diversifying the K-16 literary canon.

Stephens has published two full-length poetry collections, Universe in the Key of Matryoshka and They Rewrote Themselves Legendary. His second collection was awarded Best in Show at the New England Book Show in 2018. The Kaleidoscope Sisters, his first novel, was released that same year.

He writes book reviews and a monthly column on the intersection of poetry and politics in the 21st century classroom for The Poetry Question. Stephens is also focused on developing a broader body of academic essays related to American poetry and unsettling the K-16 classroom through diverse texts.