Michael McGriff was born and raised in Coos Bay, Oregon. He has published two poetry collections, Dismantling the Hills (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008) and Home Burial (Copper Canyon Press, 2012), as well as a co-translation (with Mikaela Grassl) of Tomas Tranströmer’s The Sorrow Gondola (Green Integer Books, 2010). McGriff’s poetry and translations have appeared in American Poetry Review, Agni, Slate, The Believer, Field, Crazyhorse, Poetry Northwest, The Missouri Review, and Poetry, among other publications. His awards include a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, The Balcones Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Literary Fellowship, The Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, a Stegner Fellowship, and a James A. Michener Fellowship. McGriff is a former Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, and a Distinguished Poet-in-Residence at Wichita State University. McGriff is the co-founder and co-editor (with Carl Adamshick) of Tavern Books, an independent publisher of poetry in translation.