Simone Muench was raised in Louisiana and Arkansas, and holds a PhD from the University of Illinois Chicago.
Muench is the author of six full-length collections, including Suture (Black Lawrence Press, 2017), cowritten with poet Dean Rader, and Lampblack & Ash (Sarabande, 2005), winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize for Poetry.
Muench is the recipient of a 2013 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship for poetry, the 2014 Meier Charitable Foundation for the Arts Achievement Award, two Illinois Arts Council fellowships, the 49th Parallel Award for Poetry, and other honors.
Muench is the writing program director at Lewis University, where she teaches English, creative writing, and film studies. She is the chief faculty advisor for Jet Fuel Review, and a senior poetry editor for Tupelo Quarterly. Muench lives in Chicago.