Born in Hartford, Connecticut and raised in Hollywood, Florida, Robert Fernandez is the author of the poetry collections We Are Pharaoh (Canarium, 2011), Pink Reef (Canarium, 2013), and Scarecrow (Wesleyan, 2016). He holds an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, The New Republic, Poetry, Conjunctions, A Public Space, PEN American, Lana Turner, and elsewhere. He was selected, by Robyn Schiff, as a New American Poet for the Poetry Society of America, and was awarded a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative American Poetry, and a Yaddo residency. In 2014 he served as an editor for the PEN Poetry Series, and in 2015 he was a guest blogger for Harriet. He is cotranslator of Azure: Poems and Selections from the "Livre" (Wesleyan, 2015).