January Gill O’Neil is the author of Misery Islands, winner of a 2015 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence, as well as Underlife and Rewilding, published in November of 2018. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. O'Neil is the executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival and also serves on the Association of Writers and Writing Programs’ board of directors at Salem State University, where she also teaches. She was born in Norfolk, Virginia, and received a BA from Old Dominion University and an MFA from New York University. She lives in Beverly, Massachusetts.