Chelsea Wagenaar received her B.A. from the University of Virginia and is currently a doctoral fellow at the University of North Texas. She lives in Denton, Texas, with her husband, fellow poet Mark Wagenaar.
Wagenaar's Mercy Spurs the Bone was selected by Philip Levine as winner of the 2013 Philip Levine Prize in Poetry. The book was published by Anhinga Press in 2014.