Maya Phillips was born and raised in New York. She has an extensive editorial background, having worked for a number of newspapers and magazines based in both New York City and Boston. Maya received her BFA in writing, literature, and publishing with a concentration in poetry from Emerson College and her MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College. She is a freelance arts and culture writer with bylines in The New York Times, American Theatre, Vulture, Slate, The Week, and Mashable, among others, and her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in At Length, BOAAT, Ghost Proposal, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Gettysburg Review, and Vinyl, among others. Her debut poetry collection, Erou, is forthcoming in fall 2019 from Four Way Books.