Maria Isabelle Carlos is a writer from Missouri. Winner of the 2021 Academy of American Poets Prize from Vanderbilt University, the 2021 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Poetry Contest, and the 2020 Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Pleiades, Passages North, Hyphen Magazine, and elsewhere, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best New Poets, and Best of the Net. After receiving her B.A. in English from UNC-Chapel Hill as the Thomas Wolfe Scholar, Maria bartended in New Orleans for a few years before attending the M.F.A. program at Vanderbilt University. She is the editor of Inch, a quarterly series of micro-chapbooks from Bull City Press. Follow her on social media @mariacarlospoet and find more of her work at www.mariaisabellecarlos.com.