Michelle Taransky received a BA from the University of Chicago and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her first book, Barn Burned, Then won the Omnidawn Poetry Prize in 2008 and was published in 2009. With her father, architect Richard Taransky, she is the coauthor of the chapbook The Plans Caution (QUEUE 2007). Her poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, VOLT, How2, New American Writing, and other publications. She currently lives in Philadelphia, where she works at Kelly Writers House and teaches poetry at Temple University.