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Born and raised in East Tennessee, Kristi Maxwell received an MFA from the University of Arizona, where she served as editor of Sonora Review, and a PhD in Literature & Creative Writing, along with a graduate certificate in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, from the University of Cincinnati, where she was an Elliston Poetry Fellow and recipient of the prestigious Isabel & Mary Neff Scholarship.

Kristi is the author of eight books of poems, including Goners (Green Linden Press, 2023), winner of the Wishing Jewel Prize; My My (Saturnalia Books, 2020); Realm Sixty-four, editor’s choice for the Sawtooth Poetry Prize and finalist  for the National Poetry Series; and Hush Sessions, editor’s choice for the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize. A 2022-23 American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellow, she’s an associate professor of English

at the University of Louisville where she received

a 2022 Distinguished Faculty Award in Scholarship, Research, & Creative Activity.

She lives in a bungalow in Schnitzelburg with her husband Perry  and their cats Gerty & Tang.

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