Mark Jay Brewin Jr is a graduate of the MFA program of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. His poems have been published or are forthcoming in numerous journals including Antioch Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Cortland Review, The Missouri Review Online, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, Sycamore Review, Southern Humanities Review and elsewhere. They have also won the 2010 Yellowwood Poetry Contest at the Yalobusha Review, the 2015 Iowa Sweet Corn Prize at Flyway: Journal of Environment & Writing, the 2016 Fugue Poetry Prize, as well as been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes. His first book, Scrap Iron, won the 2012 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize at the University of Utah Press. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.