Born and raised in rural west-central Illinois, Todd Smith studied poetry, music, and math at the University of Virginia, and received his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Yale Review, River Styx, Crazyhorse, North American Review, Barrow Street, Palette Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, Crab Orchard Review, and elsewhere, and have been featured on Verse Daily. He received Frontier Poetry’s 2017 Award for New Poets, and was a semi-finalist in the 2018 Discovery / Boston Review Poetry Contest. A valuation actuary by profession, he lives in West Des Moines, Iowa with his partner, poet Heather Derr-Smith; their daughter; and their two sons.