Jill Bialosky was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She studied for her undergraduate degree at Ohio University and received a Master of Arts degree from the Writing Seminars at The Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. She has published two collections of poems, Subterranean (2001) and The End of Desire (1997), two novels, The Life Room (2002) and House Under Snow (2007) and co-edited the anthology Wanting A Child (1998). She has received a number of awards, including the Elliot Coleman Award in Poetry. Her poems and essays appear in The New Yorker, O Magazine, Paris Review, The Nation, The New Republic, Kenyon Review and American Poetry Review, among other publications. She is currently an editor at W. W. Norton & Co. and lives in New York City.