Kevin Phan graduated from the University of Michigan with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing in 2013 and the University of Iowa with a B.A. in English Literature in 2005, and was a Fellow for the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets in 2001. Currently, he earns wages as a Helen Zell Writer’s Fellow Postgraduate Fellow from the University of Michigan, where he won the Theodore Roethke and the Bain-Swiggett Poetry Prizes. His work, which explores environmentalism and his life as a volunteer Buddhist monk / construction worker circa 2006 & 2007, has been featured (or is forthcoming) in Conjunctions (online), Crab Orchard Review, Fence, Pleiades, Gulf Coast, Colorado Review, & elsewhere. His first collection of poetry was recently selected as a semi-finalist for the Crab Orchard Open Poetry Competition and as a finalist for the Colorado Review Poetry Prize.