Shelley Puhak is the author of Guinevere in Baltimore, selected by Charles Simic for the 2012 Anthony Hecht Prize. Her first collection, Stalin in Aruba, was awarded the Towson Prize for Literature. She is also the author of a chapbook The Consolation of Fairy Tales, winner of Split Oak Press’s Stephen Dunn Prize. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including Beloit Poetry Journal, FIELD, Kenyon Review, Missouri Review, Ninth Letter, and North American Review; and in anthologies such as A Face to Meet the Faces: Contemporary Persona Poetry. Her essays have appeared in Fourth Genre and The Baltimore Sun. Shelley teaches at Notre Dame of Maryland University. She lives on the outskirts of Baltimore with her husband and son.