Heidi Lynn Staples’s debut collection Guess Can Gallop won the 2004 New Issues Poetry Prize. She is also the author of Dog Girl (Ahsahta Press 2006) and the forthcoming Noise Event (Ahsahta, 2013), drawn from the ecology of her native Gulf Coast. She has also published a nonfiction work, Take Care Fake Bear Torque Cake (Caketrain 2012). Her poems have been published in numerous journals and anthologies including Best American Poetry 2004, Chicago Review, Denver Quarterly, Green Mountains Review, Ploughshares, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and elsewhere.
She is cofounder and coeditor with Amy King of Poets for Living Waters, an international poetry response to the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and founder of pressing on, a book-arts project utilizing “locally thrown” trash. She has been assistant editor and poetry editor of Salt Hill, associate editor of Verse, and an editorial assistant at The Georgia Review.
An assistant professor of English and the Learning Center Director at Piedmont College, Heidi lives in Athens, Georgia, with her husband, daughter, cat, and front-yard veggie patch.