Raphael Dagold’s first book, Bastard Heart (Silverfish Review Press, 2014), was a finalist for the Utah Book Award in Poetry. Prizes include the Mountain States Writers’ Award in Poetry and the American Literary Review Creative Nonfiction Award; more recent awards include a Commendation in the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition, Finalist for the Mary C. Mohr Award in Poetry, shortlist for the Hippocrates Prize in Poetry and Medicine, and fellowships from the Jentel Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Moulin à Nef Studio Center in Auvillar, France. Recent work appears or is forthcoming in journals such as The Normal School, Tupelo Quarterly, Diode, Southern Indiana Review, and Crab Orchard Review. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Humanities and Creative Writing at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Other recent work can be found online at http://www.tupeloquarterly.com/autumn-drive-by-raphael-dagold/, http://diodepoetry.com/dagold_raphael/, and http://www.americanliteraryreview.com/raphael-dagold---blackout-nonfiction.html.