Stephen Motika was born in Santa Monica, California. He is the author of Western Practice (2012), the editor of Tiresias: The Collected Poems of Leland Hickman (2009) and the author of the poetry chapbook, Arrival and at Mono (2007). His articles and poems have appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, BOMB, The Brooklyn Review, Eleven Eleven, The Poetry Project Newsletter, among other publications. His collaboration with artist Dianna Frid, “The Field,” was on view at Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois, Chicago, in 2003. A 2010-2011 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Resident, he is the program director at Poets House and the publisher of Nightboat Books.