Ariana Nadia Nash, winner of the 2011 Levine Prize in Poetry for Instructions for Preparing Your Skin, is also the author of the chapbook Our Blood Is Singing. She has received a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. She completed her MFA at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and over the last ten years has worked fifteen jobs, including three years teaching creative writing at UNC Wilmington. She has lived in California, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Hawaii, and currently resides in Illinois. She looks forward to returning home to San Francisco and continuing to teach.