Iliana Rocha earned her PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing from Western Michigan University. The recipient of a 2019 MacDowell Colony fellowship, her work has been featured in the Best New Poets 2014 anthology, as well as The Nation, Virginia Quarterly Review, Latin American Literature Today, RHINO, Blackbird, and West Branch, among others. Karankawa, her debut collection, won the 2014 AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and is available through the University of Pittsburgh Press. She is currently the Graduate Director of Creative Writing at the University of Central Oklahoma and lives with her three chihuahuas Nilla, Beans, and Migo. For more, see the Poetry Foundation.