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Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Ryler Dustin has represented Seattle on the final stage of the Individual World Poetry Slam, and his poems appear in places like Verse Daily, Major Jackson's The Slowdown, and The Best of Button Poetry. 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.

A passionate educator, he led an award-winning youth writing program at Project Row Houses in Houston, visited classrooms through Writers in the Schools, and has taught writing, spoken word, and literature at Western Washington University, Albion College, and elsewhere.

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

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