Kirsten Kaschock was born into a family of dancers. She has earned MFA degrees in choreography from the University of Iowa and in creative writing from Syracuse University. Slope Editions released her first book, Unfathoms, in 2004, and it was chosen as a finalist for the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award, judged by Cole Swensen. She is currently working on a manuscript entitled The Dottery. Her work has appeared in journals including The Iowa Review, American Letters & Commentary, Coconut, Pleiades, and elsewhere. She keeps a blog, Negative Wingspan, and lives in Georgia.