K. A. (Katie) Hays is the author of three full-length poetry collections published by the Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series: Windthrow (2017); Early Creatures, Native Gods (2012), and Dear Apocalypse (2009). Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry (2009, 2011), Best New Poets, and many magazines, including Southern Review, American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, Northern Woodlands, and Gray's Sporting Journal. She is also a fiction writer whose work has appeared in more than a dozen magazines. Born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania in 1980, Hays studied literature at Bucknell and Oxford universities, and earned an M.F.A. in the Literary Arts (fiction) from Brown University in 2005. A recent poet-in-residence at the former Elizabeth Bishop House in Great Village, Nova Scotia, and at the Robert Frost Place in Franconia, New Hampshire, she teaches creative writing, directs the Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets, and is Acting Director of Bucknell's Stadler Center for Poetry.