M.K. Foster is a poet and Renaissance literature scholar from Birmingham, Alabama. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Boston Review; The Gettysburg Review; Crazyhorse; Crab Orchard; The Columbia Review; Gulf Coast; Rattle; The Account; The Adroit Journal; The Offing; JuxtaProse; The Journal; Fourteen Hills; Sixth Finch; B O D Y; Word Riot; H.O.W. Journal; Ninth Letter; Read America(s), a poetry anthology from Locked Horn Press; and elsewhere. Her poetry has been recognized with a Gulf Coast Poetry Prize (selected by Stanley Plumly), an Academy of American Poets Prize (selected by Sally Keith), two Pushcart Prize nominations (2015), and Best of the Net nominations in 2016 and 2019, as well as inclusion in both Best New Poets 2017 (selected by Natalie Diaz) and Best New Poets 2019 (selected by Cate Marvin). Additionally, Foster is the grateful recipient of several fellowships and grants for her creative and academic work, including an Artist Grant to the Vermont Studio Center, a National Alumni Association Fellowship, and two Grants-In-Aid to the Folger Shakespeare Library. Foster holds a B.A. from Birmingham-Southern College and an M.F.A. from the University of Maryland, and she is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies at the University of Alabama, where her interests include monstrosity, ecocriticism, horror, and the body.