Julia Koets is the author of PINE, The Rib Joint: A Memoir in Essays, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, and Hold Like Owls. She is the winner of the 2017 Red Hen Press Nonfiction Book Award, the 2019 Michael Waters Poetry Prize, and the 2011 South Carolina Poetry Book Prize. Julia’s essays and poems have been published or are forthcoming in literary journals including Creative Nonfiction, Indiana Review, Nimrod, The Los Angeles Review, Carolina Quarterly, and Portland Review. She earned her M.F.A. at the University of South Carolina and her Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Cincinnati. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of South Florida in Tampa.