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 seven books of poems, including My My (Saturnalia Books, 2020); Realm Sixty-four, editor’s choice for the Sawtooth Poetry Prize and finalist  for the National Poetry Series; Hush Sessions, editor’s choice for the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize; and Re-, also a finalist for the National Poetry Series. Recipient of a 2022 Distinguished Faculty Award in Scholarship, Research, & Creative Activity, she’s an associate professor of English at the University of Louisville and a 2022-23 American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellow.

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