Solmaz Sharif was born in Istanbul, Turkey. She holds degrees from New York University and the University of Califorina Berkeley, where she studied and taught with June Jordan's Poetry for the People. Her first poetry collection, LOOK (Graywolf Press, 2016), was a finalist for the National Book Award in poetry. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rona Jaffe Foundation. Sharif is currently an assistant professor at Arizona State University.