Ariana Nadia Nash is the winner of the 2011 Philip Levine Prize in Poetry for her collection Instructions for Preparing Your Skin, published by Anhinga Press. She is also the author of the chapbook Our Blood Is Singing from Damask Press. She has received a Macdowell residency and an Academy of American Poets prize, among other awards. Her work has been published in Rock & Sling, Poet Lore, Painted Bride Quarterly, Treehouse, Southeast Review, Water~Stone Review, Cimarron Review, and other journals. She has taught at UNC Wimington, University of Chicago, and is currently teaching at SUNY Buffalo, where she is a doctoral candidate.