Keegan Lester's collection, this shouldn't be beautiful but it was & it was all i had so i drew it (Slope Editions, 2017), was selected by Mary Ruefle for the 2016 Slope Editions Book Prize. Born in Huntington Beach, Keegan splits his time between New York City and Morgantown, West Virginia. His work has appeared or is forthcoming from Boston Review, The Atlas Review, Powder Keg, Boaat Journal, The Journal, Phantom Books, Tinderbox, among other publications and has been featured on NPR. The co-founder and poetry editor for Souvenir Lit, he performs with the New York City Poetry Brothel and has taught at the West Virginia Young Writers' Holiday, Stonehill College. He earned his MFA from Columbia University.