Liz Waldner was born in Cleveland, OH, and raised in rural Mississippi. She earned a BA in mathematics and philosophy at St. John’s College and an MFA at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Her first book of poetry, Homing Devices (O Books, 1998), came after an 18-year silence; since then, Waldner has published prolifically. Her recent books include A Point Is That Which Has No Part (University of Iowa, 2000), which won both the 1999 Iowa Poetry Prize and the 2000 James Laughlin Award; Self and Simulacra (Alice James Books, 2001), winner of the Alice James Books Beatrice Hawley Prize; Etym(bi)ology (Omnidawn Press, 2002); Dark Would (the missing person) (University of Georgia Press, 2002), winner of the 2002 Contemporary Poetry Series; Trust (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2009); Play (Lightful Press, 2009); Her Faithfulness (Miami University Press, 2016); and Little House, Big House (Noemi Press, 2016). Her poetry has appeared in journals such as Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, New American Writing, Ploughshares, and VOLT. Her awards include grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Boomerang Foundation, and the Barbara Deming Memorial Money for Women Fund. She has also received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Djerassi Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony.