Desirée Alvarez is a painter and poet whose work speaks to a mythic human interaction with the natural world. Her work has received an American Academy of Arts and Letters Willard L. Metcalf Award, three Artist Fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts, and a European Capital of Culture Award. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies from Poets House, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Yaddo, and P.S. 122. Her second book, Raft of Flame, was awarded the Omnidawn 2019 Lake Merritt Poetry Book Prize. Her first book of poems won the May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, Boston Review, Fence, and The Iowa Review. She received the Glenna Luschei Award from Prairie Schooner, a Pushcart Prize nomination, and the Robert D. Richardson Non-Fiction Award from Denver Quarterly. She teaches at CUNY and The Juilliard School.