Michael Schmeltzer is the author of “Elegy/Elk River” (Floating Bridge Press, 2015,) winner of the Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award, and “Blood Song” (Two Sylvias Press, 2016) his debut full-length. He earned an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. His debut nonfiction book, “A Single Throat Opens,” written in collaboration with Meghan McClure, is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press. He was born in Yokosuka, Japan, and eventually moved to the US. He currently lives in Seattle. His honors include numerous Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations, the Gulf Stream Award for Poetry, and the Blue Earth Review’s Flash Fiction Prize. He has been a finalist for the Four Way Books Intro and Levis Prizes, the Zone 3 Press First Book Prize, John Ciardi Prize for Poetry from BkMk Press, as well as the OSU Press/The Journal Award in Poetry. He recently accepted an editorial position at Floating Bridge Press. He has been published in Black Warrior Review, PANK, Rattle, Brevity’s Blog, The Journal, Natural Bridge, Mid-American Review, Water~Stone Review, and New York Quarterly, among others.