Eric Ekstrand is a poet living in Tulsa as a 2018 Literary Arts Fellow with Tulsa Artist Fellowship. His first full-length collection, Laodicea, was selected by Donald Revell for the Omnidawn 1st/2nd Book Prize and was a finalist for the National Poetry Series. He received a 2009 Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, as well as a MacDowell Colony Fellowship in 2016. He graduated with his MFA from the University of Houston and teaches creative writing and composition at Wake Forest University. His poems can be found in Poetry, jubilat, Black Warrior Review, Indiana Review, Bat City Review, Oversound and elsewhere.