Matthew Pennock is the author of The Miracle Machine, winner of the 2019 Gival Press Poetry Award and named one of the best books of 2020 by Kirkus Reviews, and Sudden Dog (Alice James Books, 2012), which won the Kinereth-Gensler Award. As per the terms of that award, he joined the board of Alice James Books in 2011, In 2014, he co-created AJB’s editorial board with Executive Editor Carey Salerno, and then became the board’s first chairperson, a position he held until February 2020. He received his MFA from Columbia University and his PhD from the University of Cincinnati. His poems have been widely published in such journals as Gulf Coast, Denver Quarterly, Western Humanities Review, Guernica: A Magazine of Art and Politics, New York Quarterly, LIT, and elsewhere. He currently operates a tutoring and college prep business outside of Washington, D.C.