Aliki Barnstone is a poet, translator, critic, editor, and visual artist. She was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1956, and grew up in Bloomington, Indiana. She has taught at Beloit College, Marquette University, Bucknell University, the University of South Dakota, the Prague Summer Seminar, and was writer-in-residence at Villanova University. From 1999-2007, she was Professor in the Department of English’s International MFA Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is currently Professor of English in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Missouri, Colombia, and was appointed the poet laureate of Missouri in 2016.