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ERIN BELIEU, was born and raised in Nebraska. She studied poetry at the University of Nebraska, The Ohio State University, and Boston University. Belieu was the managing editor and poetry editor for AGNI magazine for 5 years. She is also the founding editor of the literary magazine Hotel Amerika. Belieu's poems have been published in numerous magazines, including The New Yorker, the New York Times, Tin House, Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, Slate, The Rumpus, Willow Springs, Yale Review, TriQuarterly, and Prairie Schooner. Belieu's poems have been chosen four times for inclusion in the Best American Poetry anthology series.

Belieu is the author of four collections of poetry, all from Copper Canyon Press. These include Infanta, which was selected by Hayden Carruth for the National poetry Series in 1995, and which was named a best book of the year by the National Book Critics Circle, Library Journal, and The Washington Post. Her second collection, One Above & One Below, won the Midland Authors Prize and the Ohioana Prize. Her third collection, Black Box, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her most recent collection, Slant Six, was published in December 2014, receiving a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and was named a top ten book of the year by the New York Times Book Review.

Belieu is also the co editor of The Extraordinary Tide (Columbia University Press, 2002), the first ever comprehensive, non thematic anthology of contemporary American women's poetry published in the United States.

In 2009, along with the poet Cate Mavin, Belieu founded the national literary organization VIDA, whose annual VIDA Count has helped to bring attention to the difficulties of gender bias in literary publishing.

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