Simone Muench was raised in Louisiana and Arkansas, and holds a PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the author of six full-length collections, including Lampblack & Ash (Sarabande, 2005), winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize for Poetry, and Suture (Black Lawrence Press, 2017), co-written with poet Dean Rader.
Muench is the recipient of a 2013 NEA Fellowship for poetry, two Illinois Arts Council fellowships, the 49th Parallel Award for Poetry, and others. In 2014, she recieved the Meier Charitable Foundation for the Arts Achievement Award.
Muench is the Writing Program Diector at Lewis University, where she teaches English, Creative Writing, and Film Studies. She is the chief faculty advisor for Jet Fuel Review, and a senior poetry editor for Tupelo Quarterly. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.
Wolf Centos (Sarabande, 2014)
Orange Crush (Sarabande, 2010
Lampblack & Ash (Sarabande, 2005
The Air Lost in Breathing (Helicon Nine, 2000)