Debra Marquart is professor of English in the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University and teaches in the Stonecoast Low-Residency MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine. Her books include two poetry collections, From Sweetness and Everything’s a Verb, and a short story collection, The Hunger Bone: Rock & Roll Stories which draws on her experiences as a road musician. Marquart’s work has received a Pushcart Prize, the Shelby Foote Nonfiction Prize, and a National Endowment for the Arts Prose Fellowship. Marquart’s memoir, The Horizontal World: Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere was awarded the 2007 PEN USA Creative Nonfiction Award, and the Elle Lettres Award from Elle Magazine. She is currently at work on two books: a roots/travel memoir about geographical flight and cultural amnesia based on the story of her grandparents’ flight from Russia titled, Somewhere Else This Time Tomorrow; and a novel, set in Greece, titled A Formal Feeling Comes.