Eric McHenry grew up in Topeka, Kansas. His first book of poems, Potscrubber Lullabies (Waywiser, 2006), won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. His poems have appeared in the New Republic, Harvard Review, Cincinnati Review, Common Knowledge, Orion, the Guardian, Poetry Daily and Poetry Northwest, from whom he received the 2010 Theodore Roethke Prize. He is a contributing editor of Columbia magazine and has written about poetry for the New York Times Book Review, Parnassus: Poetry in Review, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Boston Globe and Slate. He lives in Topeka with his wife and two children and teaches creative writing at Washburn University.