Jeri Hilt is the co-editor of Mixed Company, a collection of short fiction by women of color. She is also a former lecturer of African Studies and International Development issues at Tennessee State and Dillard Universities. She has worked with research, development, and teaching projects in South Sudan, Kenya, Burundi, and the United Kingdom. She is a Louisiana native with ties to New Orleans, Central Louisiana (Avoyelles Parish) and Shreveport, Louisiana.