Brooke Bergan is a poet, translator, fiction writer, and essayist. Her three books of poetry, Windowpane, Distant Topologies, and Storyville: A Hidden Mirror, have won critical acclaim and literary awards. Her work has also appeared in publications such as The Antioch Review, The Chicago Tribune, The Chaucer Review, Religion and Literature, Another Chicago Magazine, Small Press Magazine, Private Arts, Translation, Wire, The Yale Lit, and Poetry East. She was the literary editor for Private Arts and founding editor of Persflage Press and was director of publications at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received an MA and PhD in creative writing at the University of Illinois at Chicago and has taught creative writing classes there as well as at Lake Forest College, the Newberry Library, Harold Washington College, and the Illinois Institute of Arts. Currently, she lives in Evanston, Illinois, with her husband and three stepchildren.