Kimberly Ann Priest is the author of Slaughter the One Bird (forthcoming Sundress Publications 2021), 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 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 The Laurel Review, Moon City 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, 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 and is an associate poetry editor for the Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry and Embody Reader for The Maine Review.