Kimberly Ann Priest is the author of Slaughter the One Bird (Sundress Publications 2021), Parrot Flower (Glass Poetry Press, 2021), Still Life (PANK 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 writing carefully observes the intersections of gender violence, narrative identities, embodiment, trauma, 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, 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 currently, she teaches as an Assistant Professor of First-Year Writing at Michigan State University, is an associate poetry editor for the Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry, and Embody Reader for The Maine Review.