Alexandria Peary was born in Dover, New Hampshire, and grew up in in central Maine. She received a BA from Colby College; MFAs from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and a PhD from the University of New Hampshire. Peary is the author of four volumes of poetry, including Control Bird Alt Delete (University of Iowa 2014), winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, and Lid to the Shadow (Slope Editions, 2011), recipient of the Slope Editions Book Prize. Peary is also the author of a collection of creative writing pedagogy co-edited with the poet Tom C. Hunley, Creative Writing Pedagogies for the Twenty-First Century. Peary teaches at Salem State University and is the poet laureate of New Hampshire.