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Ryler Dustin was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and has represented Seattle on the final stage of the Individual World Poetry Slam. He's the author of Heavy Lead Birdsong from Write Bloody Publishing and Trailer Park Psalms, winner of the 2022 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. You can find his poems in outlets like Verse Daily, Gulf Coast, and The Best of Button Poetry.

A passionate educator, he led the award-winning Project Row Houses after-school writing program, visited classrooms through Writers in the Schools, and has taught English, creative writing, and literature courses at Western Washington University, Albion College, and elsewhere.

Before returning to his hometown of Bellingham, Washington, he received an MFA from the University of Houston, a PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and lived in Spain, Michigan, Jack Kerouac's former home, and an off-grid cabin in the Oregon wilderness. He now lives with his wife and a stray dog he met while hiking.

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