Frances Revel was born in 1995 and was raised in Southern Delaware. At age fourteen, she enrolled in a residential Vaganova ballet conservatory in Maine. Revel is the winner of the 2017 Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award for her poem “Hymn for the End of Drought.” About the poem, judge Arthur Sze says:
Open to mystery and myth, this poem exemplifies lyrical engagement of a high order. The taut, gorgeous stanzas, incorporating silence and sound—a silence that heightens tension while also giving the imagination space to envision—are compelling and exciting. I so look forward to reading Frances Revel in the future.
Revel is currently pursuing her MFA at Cornell University and is an editorial assistant for Bennington Review and Epoch.