Lexa Hillyer is the author of Acquainted with the Cold (Bona Fide Books), the 2012 gold prize winner of the Foreword Book of the Year Award for Poetry, as well as a recipient of the Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize. She is also the author of Proof of Forever, a debut young adult novel which will be published by HarperCollins on June 2nd, 2015. Her work has been featured in Best New Poets 2012, and she has received various other prizes and honors for poetry. Lexa earned her BA in English from Vassar College and her MFA in Poetry from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. She worked as an editor at both Harper Collins and Penguin, before co-founding boutique literary incubator Paper Lantern Lit. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and a very skinny orange tree.