Ryler Dustin is the author of the poetry collection Heavy Lead Birdsong from Write Bloody Publishing. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, he has represented Seattle on the final stage of the Individual World Poetry Slam and headlined at slam venues across the U.S. He has been awarded residencies from the Jack Kerouac Project of Orlando and the Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency, and his poems appear in outlets like American Life in PoetryVerse DailyGulf Coast, and The Best of Iron Horse.

A passionate educator, he has led an award-winning after-school poetry program in Houston, visited classrooms through Writers in the Schools, and facilitated community writing with InPrint. He currently teaches writing and literature at Albion College in Michigan.