Allison Hedge Coke is a poet, memoirist, anthologist, fiction and scriptwriter whose authored books include the poetry collections Dog Road Woman, which received the American Book Award, and Off-Season City Pipe from Coffee House Press; Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer, a memoir from the University of Nebraska Press; and Blood Run, a verse-play from Salt Publications. Hedge Coke has edited eight additional collections. She has been an invitational performer in major poetry festivals in Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, Canada, and Jordan, a visiting poet at Shandong University in China, and a Hawthornden Castle Resident in Scotland. Hedge Coke has taught and administered numerous art, theater, music, poetry, creative writing, literature, cultural philosophy, education, incarcerated youth, pre-school, K-12, university & master classes and programs, and currently runs the Reynolds Series, The Literary Sandhill Crane Retreat & Festival, and is senior editor of Platte Valley Review. She came of age cropping tobacco and working in fields and in factories, and holds the University of Nebraska Distinguished Paul W. Reynolds and Clarice Kingston Reynolds Endowed Chair at Kearney.