Born in Graceville, Minnesota, Maureen Owen grew up training horses and traveling the Racing Fair Circuit with her family who spent their winters in California. She attended Seattle University and San Francisco State University before moving to Japan in 1965 and then to New York and Connecticut. She is the editor and publisher of Telephone Books and author of ten collections of poetry, including Erosion’s Pull, a Colorado Book Award and Balcones Poetry Prize finalist, American Rush, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, and AE (Amelia Earhart), a recipient of the American Book Award. Formerly co-director of the Poetry Project in New York, she now lives in Denver and teaches at Naropa University.