Joan Colby, b. 1939, has published widely in journals such as the Atlanta Review, Gargoyle, Little Patuxent Review, New York Quarterly, Pinyon, Poetry, South Dakota Review, Spillway, The Spoon River Poetry Review, among many others. She is the recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards, a Rhino Poetry Award, the new renaissance Award for Poetry and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Literature. Colby has published twenty-one books, most recently Her Heartsongs (Presa Press, 2018). One of her poems is among the winners of the 2014 and 2016 Atlanta Review International Poetry Contest. Colby is currently a senior book editor with FutureCycle Press and an associate editor of Good Works Review. She lives on a small horse farm in northern Illinois with her husband and assorted animals.