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Bio

Kimberly Ann Priest is the author of Still Life (forthcoming from PANK 2020), Parrot Flower (forthcoming from Glass Poetry Press, 2020) and White Goat Black Sheep (FLP, 2018). She is an MFA graduate in Creative Writing from New England College, already holding an MA in English Language & Literature from Central Michigan University. A proud Michigan native, she has taught composition and creative writing courses for Michigan State University, Central Michigan University, and Alma College, and participated in local initiatives to increase awareness concerning sexual assault, survivorship, and healing through artistic expression. Her passion is narrative therapy and narrative identities and her creative writing carefully observes the intersections between trauma, sexual assault, chaos narratives, and grief. Her poetry has appeared in several literary journals including The Laurel Review, The Comstock Review, Borderlands, Welter, New Delta Review, RiverSedge, Glass, and The Berkeley Poetry Review. She has received several Pushcart Prize nominations and is a winner of the Heartland Poetry Prize in the New Poetry from the Midwest Anthology by New American Press (2019).  She served as a volunteer book reviewer for NewPages from 2015-2020 and as an editorial intern with Sundress Publications in 2019. Currently, she teaches as an Assistant Professor of First-Year Writing at Michigan State University and is an associate poetry editor for the Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry.