Katy Didden has an MFA in poetry from The University of Maryland, and a PhD in English and Creative Writing from the University of Missouri. Her poems have won the Beulah Rose Prize from Smartish Pace, three Dorothy Sargent Awards, and an Academy of American Poets Prize. She has published poems in many journals such as Ecotone, Bat City Review, The Kenyon Review, The Journal, Witness, Image, Hayden's Ferry Review, Calyx, Crazyhorse, Smartish Pace, Shenandoah, and Poetry. Her work was featured as a 2009 favorite on Verse Daily, and was included in The Best New Poets 2009 anthology. She attended the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference as the John Ciardi Scholar, and the Sewanee Writer's Conference as a Walter E. Dakin fellow. Her first manuscript, The Glacier's Wake, won the Lena Miles Wever Todd Prize from Pleiades Press, and was published in April 2013. She has been teaching courses in creative writing, literature, and film for thirteen years, and next year she will be a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University.