Dana Levin was born in Los Angeles, California in 1965 and grew up in the Mojave Desert. She is the author of three books of poetry: In the Surgical Theatre, Wedding Day, and Sky Burial, which The New Yorker called 'utterly her own and utterly riveting.' New poems and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Boston Review and Poetry. A grateful recipient of fellowships and awards from the Rona Jaffe, Whiting and Guggenheim Foundations, Levin will soon split her time between Santa Fe, New Mexico and Maryville University in St. Louis, where she will serve as Distinguished Writer in Residence starting Fall 2015. Her fourth book of poetry, Banana Palace, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in 2016.