Joshua Coben’s first book, Maker of Shadows (Texas Review Press, 2010), won the 2009 X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize. His second manuscript, Approximate Paradise, was a finalist for the 2015 Vassar Miller Prize and a semi-finalist for the 2015 Anthony Hecht Prize. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Atlanta Review, The Cincinnati Review, College English, The Evansville Review, Magma, Natural Bridge, Pleiades, Poet Lore, and other journals. Born and raised in St. Louis, he now lives in the Boston area, where he teaches elementary school.