Rita Mae Reese is a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a Stegner fellowship in fiction, a “Discovery”/The Nation award, and a Pamaunok Poetry Prize. She has received an MA in creative writing from Florida State University and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she held the Martha Meier Renk Fellowship. She has given readings and workshops around the country, including at the 92nd St Y in New York, the Bowery Poetry Club, Sarah Lawrence, Stanford University, the Annenberg Beach House, and the Woman Made Gallery in Chicago. Her work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, jubilat, Blackbird, New England Review, The Nation, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, The Normal School, and Rattle, among other places. Her first book, The Alphabet Conspiracy, is available from Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press. Her second book, The Book of Hulga, poems based on the Southern writer Flannery O’Connor, won the Felix Pollak Prize from the University of Wisconsin Press.