Maggie Dietz grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She earned a B.A. from Northwestern University in 1995 and an M.A. from Boston University in 1997. She currently teaches in the creative writing program at Boston University and is assistant poetry editor for the online magazine Slate. For many years she directed the Favorite Poem Project, Robert Pinsky's special undertaking during his tenure as U.S. Poet Laureate, and is coeditor of three anthologies related to the project: Americans' Favorite Poems, Poems to Read, and, most recently, An Invitation to Poetry. Her awards include the Grolier Poetry Prize, and fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Phillips Exeter Academy and the NH State Council on the Arts. Her work has appeared in journals such as Poetry, Ploughshares, Agni, and Salmagundi. Her first book of poems, Perennial Fall, won the 2007 Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry.