Born in Kobe, Japan to a Japanese mother and a French Canadian-American father, Mari L'Esperance was awarded a Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry for her full-length collection The Darkened Temple, published by the University of Nebraska Press in September 2008. An earlier collection Begin Here was awarded a Sarasota Poetry Theatre Press Chapbook Prize. With Tomas Q. Morin, she has co-edited Coming Close: Poets Pay Tribute to Philip Levine as Teacher and Mentor, forthcoming in 2013 from Prairie Lights Books, an imprint of the University of Iowa Press. L'Esperance's poems and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Many Mountains Moving, Poetry Kanto, Prairie Schooner, Salamander, Zocalo Public Square, and elsewhere and her poems have been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. Her reviews have been published in Seattle's International Examiner, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, and Pirene's Fountain. A graduate of the Creative Writing Program at New York University and a recipient of awards from the New York Times, New York University, Hedgebrook, and Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, L'Esperance lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.