Born in 1961, Judy Jordan grew up on a small farm near the border between the Carolinas. Her parents were sharecroppers, and Jordan was the first member of her family to attend college, receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia in 1990. In 1995, she went on to earn a master’s degree in poetry at the same school. Her first collection of poetry, Carolina Ghost Woods (Louisiana State University Press, 2000), received the 1999 Walt Whitman Award and won the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is also the author of 60 Cent Coffee And A Quarter To Dance: A Poem (Louisiana State University Press, ) and Hunger (Tinderbox Editions, 2017). Jordan lives in a cabin she built herself in the Shawnee National Forest and teaches at theMFA Program in Creative Writing at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.