Heather Dobbins is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. She graduated from the College Scholars program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She earned a Master of Education degree from Holy Names University in Oakland, California, and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the Graduate Writing Seminars at Bennington College in Vermont. Her poems and poetry reviews have been published in Beloit Poetry Journal, Big Muddy, The Rumpus, TriQuarterly Review, and Women’s Studies Quarterly, among others. She has been awarded scholarships and fellowships to the Indiana Writers’ Conference, Napa Writers’ Conference, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Vermont Studio Center, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts’ workshop in Auvillar, France. She served as co-chair of the Mid-South Book Festival in 2015 and 2016. For twenty years, she has worked as an educator (Kindergarten through college) in Oakland, California; Memphis, Tennessee; and currently, Fort Smith, Arkansas.