Anita Olivia Koester is a Chicago poet and writer. She is the author of the chapbooks Marco Polo (Hermeneutic Chaos Press), Apples or Pomegranates forthcoming with Porkbelly Press, and Arrow Songs which won Paper Nautilus’ Vella Chapbook Contest. She is the poetry editor for Duende. Her poetry is published or forthcoming in Vinyl, CALYX Journal, Tahoma Literary Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, and elsewhere. Her poems have been nominated for Best New Poets and Pushcart Prizes, and won Midwestern Gothic’s Lake Prize as well as the Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Award. She is the recipient of the Bread Loaf Returning Contributors Award and her writing has been supported by Vermont Studio Center, Art Farm, and SAFTA.