Julia Bloch holds a BA in political philosophy from Carleton College, an MFA in poetry from Mills College, and a PhD in English from the University of Pennsylvania. For two years, she taught literature and teaching methods at the Bard Master of Arts in Teaching program in Delano, California. She now directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where she teaches literature and creative writing. A Pew Fellow in the Arts, she is the author of three books of poetry, Letters to Kelly Clarkson (a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award), Valley Fever, and The Sacramento of Desire, and has published essays and book reviews in Journal of Modern Literature, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, Tripwire, and elsewhere. She is writing a critical book about lyric and the 20th-century long poem and is an editor at Jacket2.