Poet and artist Mary Margaret Alvarado was born in Texas and raised in Colorado. She earned her BA from the University of Notre Dame and MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Provost’s Post-Graduate Writing Fellow. Her poems and essays have appeared in such periodicals as the Iowa Review, Jacket 2, and the National Poetry Review. She is the author of the full-length poetry collection Hey Folly (2013).
 
A former editorial assistant at Harper’smagazine, Alvarado was the 2010–2011 Coombe Writer in Residence at Cincinnati’s Seven Hills School. She currently lives in Colorado with her husband and two children.