Joshua Kryah was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he was a Schaeffer Fellow in poetry. His first collection of poems, Glean (2007), won the Nightboat Poetry Prize. He lives with his wife and two children in Las Vegas and teaches at UNLV. He is also the poetry editor of Witness.