Born in Detroit, Nancy Botkin earned a BA in English from Michigan State University and an MA in liberal studies from Indiana University South Bend. Her first full-length poetry collection, Parts That Were Once Whole (2007), included “Poem With Light and Dark,” which won the Maize First Place Poetry Prize sponsored by the Writers’ Center of Indiana. Her poetry has been published in former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser's column, "American Life in Poetry."

Botkin’s work has been published in various journals such as Poetry, the Midwest Quarterly, the Laurel Review, and the American Literary Review. She is currently a senior lecturer in the English department at Indiana University South Bend, where she has been teaching since 1991. She lives in South Bend, Indiana, with her husband.
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