Jillian Weise was born in Houston, Texas, in 1981. Her first poetry collection, The Amputee’s Guide to Sex (2007), is a bold investigation of disability and sexuality. Weise has said of its composition, “In a way, I did not know what it meant to be disabled until I started writing the poems.” The Los Angeles Times wrote, “Readers who can handle the hair-raising experience of Jillian Weise’s gutsy poetry debut will be rewarded with . . . a fearless dissection of the taboo and the hidden.” Weise’s second book of poetry, The Book of Goodbyes (2013), received the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets.

Weise is also a playwright, whose work has been staged at the New York Fringe Festival and the Provincetown Playwrights Festival. Her awards include the Fred Chappell Fellowship at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and the Alan Dugan Writing Fellowship in Provincetown’s Fine Arts Work Center. Weise currently lives in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, on a Fulbright Fellowship, where she is visiting Charles Darwin’s old haunts and working with his notebooks.