Kyle Dargan was born in Newark, New Jersey. He earned his BA from the University of Virginia and MFA from Indiana University, where he was a Yusef Komunyakaa fellow and poetry editor of the Indiana Review. He is the author of four collections of poetry: The Listening, which won the Cave Canem Prize, Bouquet of Hungers, awarded the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in poetry, Logorrhea Dementia, and Honest Engine. His poems and non-fiction have appeared in newspapers such as the Newark Star-Ledger, and journals such as Callaloo, Denver Quarterly, and Ploughshares, among others. In 2019 he received the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets. Former managing editor of Callaloo, Dargan is also the founding editor of the magazine Post No Ills. He is the Director of Creative Writing at American University and lives in Washington DC.