Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Raphael Dagold is the author of the poetry collection Bastard Heart (Silverfish Review Press, 2014). Recently, he won the 2014 American Literary Review Nonfiction Contest, the 2015 Mountain West Writers' Contest in Poetry, Third Place in the 2015 North American Review James Hearst Poetry Prize, and received the Ramona Cannon Award for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities; he has also won fellowships and awards from the Ucross Foundation, Oregon Literary Arts, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, and other organizations. His poems, fables, and photographs have appeared in The Antioch Review, North American Review, Northwest Review, Born, Indiana Review, and other publications; a fable will appear in the flash fiction textbook Brevity: A Short Short-Short Primer, due out in fall 2016 from Columbia University Press. Dagold holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Oregon and a PhD in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Utah, where he is currently an Associate Instructor of Creative Writing and Composition. He has taught writing and literature at the University of Oregon, Lewis and Clark College, and other institutions, including nine years as a Writer in the Schools in Portland, Oregon. Also an accomplished woodworker, Dagold ran his own business making custom cabinets and furniture for fifteen years in Portland before entering the University of Utah's PhD program in 2010.