Dorothea Lasky is the author, most recently, of Animal, published in 2019 in the Bagley Wright Lecture Series. She is also the author of five full-length collections of poetry Milk, Rome, Thunderbird, Black Life, and AWE. Born in St. Louis in 1978, she has poems that have appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, The Laurel Review, MAKE magazine, Phoebe, Poets & Writers Magazine, the New Yorker, Tin House, the Paris Review and 6×6, among other places. She is the co-editor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry, co-author of Astro Poets: Your Guides to the Zodiac and is a 2013 Bagley Wright Lecturer on Poetry. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Poetry at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and lives in New York City.