Maggie Graber (she/her/hers, b. 1986) is a queer poet born and raised in the Chicago area. She grew up fifteen minutes south of Lake Michigan in Valparaiso, Indiana, where she loved playing basketball, customizing her LiveJournal, and star-gazing at the Indiana Dunes. She holds a B.A. in English and Religious Studies from Indiana University and an M.F.A. in Poetry from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. She has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and the Luminarts Cultural Foundation, and residencies from The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, the Sundress Academy for the Arts at Firefly Farms, and the Union League Club of Chicago Library. Maggie’s been an English teacher, an environmental educator, a farmhand, a radio DJ, and is a certified Wilderness First Responder. Most recently she worked as a Field Guide for New Vision Wilderness in the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina, where she co-led backpacking trips for teens in wilderness therapy. She is a Capricorn barely cusping on Sagittarius as well as a lunar Scorpio. She enjoys coloring, playing guitar, touching trees, and in third grade, she went as Powerline from A Goofy Movie for Halloween. She was fine with the ending of LOST, and she’d like to pet your dog and/or hold your baby.