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 translations of Colombia’s José Asunción Silva and Haiti’s Félix Morisseau-Leroy (with Blake Bronson-Bartlett) have been featured in the Chicago Review and the Brooklyn Rail’s InTranslation series (respectively), and his poems have appeared in the New Republic, Poetry, Boston Review, Conjunctions, A Public Space, and elsewhere. He was selected, by Robyn Schiff, as a New American Poet for the Poetry Society of America, and is the recipient of 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 co-translator (with Blake Bronson-Bartlett) of Azure (Wesleyan, 2015), poems by Stéphane Mallarmé.