Iris Cushing is a native of Yolo County, California. She is a poet, scholar, educator and founding editor for Argos Books, an independent poetry press. Her poems and critical writings have appeared in numerous publications, including the Boston Review, Fence, and the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day series, and her poetry collection Wyoming won the 2013 Furniture Press Poetry Prize. Iris was a recipient of the Diane di Prima Fellowship from the Center for the Humanities from 2016-2018, editing Bobbie Louise Hawkins: The Sounding Word, and co-editing Judy Grahn: Selections from Blood, Bread and Roses, for Lost & Found Series VI. A doctoral candidate in English at the CUNY Graduate Center, Iris is currently at work on a biographical dissertation titled “Pierce and Pine: Diane di Prima, Mary Norbert Korte and the Question of Matter and Spirit.” She teaches writing at Eugene Lang/The New School, and lives in the Western Catskill Mountains.