Joan Schadt Biddle was born in Memphis, TN in 1979. After earning her BA in English and French from The University of Texas at Austin, she attended Johns Hopkins where she received an MA in Poetry, and later The New School where she earned an MFA in Poetry. At Johns Hopkins Biddle taught fiction, poetry, acting, and expository writing. Biddle served on the panel “The Poet as Performer: Giving Effective Readings” at the 2006 Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference. She lives in Memphis where she is a writer, editor, and dancer with the modern dance company Project: Motion. Her poetry and book reviews have appeared in or are forthcoming in Barrow Street (Winter 2015/2016 issue), The Best American Poetry Blog, TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics, RHINO, Ruminate, Half-Drunk Muse, The Yalobusha Review, The Red Booth Review, The Country Dog Review, Small Spiral Notebook, Gently Read Literature, and The Poet's Quest for God: 21st Century Poems of Spirituality. An audio podcast of Biddle reading her poetry can be found on