Kelly Hoffer earned an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her debut poetry collection, Undershore, was selected as the winner of the 2021 Lightscatter Press Prize, and is forthcoming in spring of 2023. Her second poetry manuscript, Fire Series, was a finalist for the 2021 National Poetry Series. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Gulf Coast, American Chordata, TAGVVERK, Prelude, and Denver Quarterly, among others. She is currently a PhD candidate in Literatures in English at Cornell University, where she is at work on a dissertation about the intersection of metaphor and visual form in contemporary poetry.