Stephen Palos is from Lexington, KY. He received his BA in English from the Ohio State University and his MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan, where he won a Hopwood Graduate Poetry Award and was awarded a Zell Fellowship for 2015–2016. His work has appeared in the Allegheny Review and Pluck! Journal and is forthcoming in the Raintown Review. He was the 2013 winner of the Iris N. Spencer Poetry Award and has been awarded fellowships to attend The Twenty: A Kentucky Young Writers Advance and The Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets. In his spare time, Stephen writes and illustrates riddle poems.