Ari Banias was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in the Chicago area. He received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA from Hunter College. He is the author of Anybody (W. W. Norton, 2016), which was named a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Center USA Literary Award, and the chapbook A Symmetry (The Song Cave, 2018). Banias has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, The MacDowell Colony, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Stanford University, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. Banias was the guest editor for Poem-a-Day from June 1–June 8, 2020. and October 14–October 30, 2020. Banias lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.