Steve Bellin-Oka earned his M.F.A. from the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers. He is the author of a chapbook, Dead Letter Office at North Atlantic Station (Seven Kitchens Press 2017). His first book of poems, Instructions for Seeing a Ghost, was chosen by Peter Balakian as the winner of the 2019 Vassar Miller Prize and will be published in early 2020 by the University of North Texas Press. The recipient of a 2019-2020 Tulsa Artists Fellowship from the George Kaiser Family Foundation for public engagement with the arts, he has previously taught creative writing, literature, and film studies at the University of Mississippi, St. Norbert College, and Eastern New Mexico University. His other honors include fellowships from Yaddo, the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Crosstown Arts. He is the poetry editor of The Bookends Review and a contributing editor for Nimrod International Journal and Seven Kitchens Press. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, he currently lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he is a teaching artist.