Shara Lessley is the author of The Explosive Expert’s Wife, winner of the Sheila Margaret Motton prize, Two-Headed Nightingale, and co-editor of The Poem’s Country: Place & Poetic Practice, a book of essays. A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, her awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Mary Wood Fellowship from Washington College, the Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, an Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship from Colgate University, and a “Discovery”/The Nation prize. Shara’s poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Threepenny, New England Review, 32 Poems, IMAGE, and the Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize anthologies. Her creative nonfiction has twice been listed as “Notable” in Best American Essays and appeared in Kenyon Review, Gettysburg Review, Cincinnati Review, The Rumpus, and Southern Review, among others. Shara is Creative Nonfiction Editor and Editor-at-Large for West Branch.