Emily Skaja (pronounced SKAY-juh) grew up between two cemeteries in rural Illinois. She is a graduate of the Creative Writing MFA program at Purdue University. Her poems have been published in Best New Poets, Blackbird, Crazyhorse, FIELD, and Gulf Coast, among other journals. Emily is the recipient of The Russell Prize for emerging poets, the Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, an Academy of American Poets College Prize, an AWP Intro Award, and a Taft Research Fellowship from the University of Cincinnati, where she is finishing a PhD in Creative Writing and Literature with a certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is also the Associate Poetry Editor of Southern Indiana Review.