Melissa Barrett, a poet from Kent, Ohio, is the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, a Tin House writer’s scholarship, an Oboh Prize, a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, the Koppenhaver Prize, and a Galway Kinnell scholarship from the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. Her poems have received honors from Gulf Coast, The Iowa Review, Indiana Review, Better, Meridian, Diagram, Sonora Review, Boxcar Poetry Review, and Narrative. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in BOMB, Harvard Review, Web ConjunctionsThe Kenyon Review Online, Animal Shelter, Best New Poets 2013, and Best American Poetry 2015. She holds degrees from Sarah Lawrence College and Wittenberg University and works at a middle school in Columbus, Ohio.