Monica Hand is the author of The DiVida Poems (Alice James Books, 2018), a posthumous release, and me and Nina (Alice James Books, 2012), winner of the 2010 Kinereth Gensler Award. After a thirty-two-year career with the U.S. Postal Service, she received an MA in poetry and translation from Drew University in 2011. In 2012, she moved to Columbia, Missouri to pursue a PhD at the University of Missouri. She received a fellowship from Cave Canem and served as a founding member of the poetry collective Poets for Ayiti.
Hand passed away on December 15, 2016, in Columbia.