Rachel McKibbens was born in Anaheim, California. She is the author of blud (Copper Canyon Press, 2017), Into the Dark & Emptying Field (Small Doggies Press, 2013) and Pink Elephant (Cypher Books, 2009). McKibbens is a two-time New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow and the 2009 Women of the World Poetry Slam champion. She co-curates the monthly reading series Poetry & Pie Night in upstate New York and is the founder of The Pink Door Writing Retreat, an annual intensive open exclusively to non-men writers of color. In 2022, McKibbens was the subject of the podcast We Were Three, from The New York Times and the creators of Serial.