David R. Cravens grew up in the Southeast Missouri Ozarks. His writing has appeared in literary journals in England, Ireland, Canada, Croatia, Australia, New Zealand, and throughout the United States. He also has work in the anthologies Resurrection of a Sunflower and Just Like Peer Gynt. He was the recipient of the 2008 Saint Petersburg Review Prize in Poetry, and the 2011 Bedford Poetry Prize. He lives in Farmington, Missouri.