Miriam Bird Greenberg grew up on an organic farm in rural Texas. The daughter of a New York Jew and a goat-raising anthropologist involved in the back-to-the-land movement, she spent her childhood roaming the nearby creeks and caved-in barns in muslin schoolteachers’ dresses left behind by ancestors a hundred years dead of diphtheria. She’s been awarded residencies from Headlands Center for the Arts and Blue Mountain Center for the Arts, and a waitership from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her poems have recently appeared in DIAGRAM and the Indiana Review. She holds an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers, though she’s also taught EFL in Japan, hitchhiked solo from Montana to Vermont, been thrown off a freight train by Canadian rail police, and flown kites in Tiananmen Square. She lives in Oakland, California, where she’s practicing "settling down" and learning to wild-ferment sauerkraut.