Kimberly Ann Priest is the author of Slaughter the One Bird (Sundress Publications 2021), finalist in the American Book Awards, and the chapbooks The Optimist Shelters in Place (Small Harbor Press 2022), Parrot Flower (Glass Poetry Press, 2021), and Still Life (PANK 2020). 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 writing carefully observes the intersections of gender violence, narrative identities, embodiment, trauma, motherhood, and environmental issues as well as survival, wildness, joy & grief. Her poetry has appeared in several literary journals including North Dakota Quarterly, Salamander, Borderlands, RELIEF, RiverSedge, The Meadow, RHINO, 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, an editorial intern with Sundress Publications in 2019, a summer intern for Black Earth Institute in 2020, and the James Tolen Writer in Residence at Writer's House PGH 2021. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor  at Michigan State University, associate poetry editor for the Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry.