Ingrid Wendt, born of German-Chilean and German American parents in Aurora, Illinois, began playing the piano at age five and the organ at eleven. A statewide award winner in high school and a church organist, she studied with Frances Sherwood of the Aurora Conservatory of Music, and with Dr. Rudolph Ganz, president of Chicago Music College. Her books of poems have won the Oregon Book Award (for Singing the Mozart Requiem), the Yellowglen Award (for The Angle of Sharpest Ascending), and the Editions Prize (for Surgeonfish). Her first book, Moving the House, was chosen for BOA Editions by William Stafford, who also wrote the introduction. A chapbook, Blow the Candle Out, was published by Pecan Grove Press. She is the co-editor of two anthologies: From Here We Speak: An Anthology of Oregon Poetry and In Her Own Image: Women Working in the Arts, and the author of the book-length teaching guide, Starting with Little Things: A Guide to Writing Poetry in the Classroom, now in its sixth printing. Other awards include the D. H. Lawrence Award, the Carolyn Kizer Award, and the Distinguished Achievement Award from her alma mater, Cornell College. She has taught in the MFA program of Antioch University Los Angeles and, as a Senior Fulbright Professor and Fulbright Senior Specialist, in Frankfurt am Main and Freiburg, Germany. A popular keynote speaker and a consultant with the National Council of Teachers of English, she has been a visiting poet at colleges and universities and in hundreds of classrooms, grades K-12, and has conducted teacher workshops in the United States and abroad. She currently performs with The Motet Singers, a semiprofessional thirteen-voice women's a cappella ensemble in Eugene, Oregon, where she lives with her husband, poet and writer Ralph Salisbury.Her latest book is Evensong out from Truman State University Press.