Elise Paschen, a poet of Osage descent, is the author of The Nightlife (forthcoming 2017, Red Hen), Bestiary (Red Hen, 2009), and Infidelities (Story Line, 1996), winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. She is editor of the New York Times best-selling anthology Poetry Speaks to Children (Sourcebooks, 2005) and Poetry Speaks Who I Am (Sourcebooks, 2010). After graduating from Harvard, she received her M.Phil. and D.Phil. degrees from University of Oxford. She was Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America and cofounder of Poetry in Motion. She teaches in the MFA Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.