Kimberly Burwick was born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts. Burwick earned her BA in Literature from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and her MFA in Poetry from Antioch University, Los Angeles. She is the author of five books of poetry including her new collection, Brightword (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2019). Burwck also has earned five Pushcart Prize nominations, and is the recipient of the C.P. Cavafy Prize awarded by Poetry International. She has taught at the University of Connecticut and Washington State University. She currently teaches at Colby-Sawyer College and lives in Meriden, New Hampshire with her husband – poet, Kevin Goodan – and their nine-year-old son.