Patricia Gray was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in the Shenandoah Valley, not far from Charlottesville, Virginia. In 1983 she received an MFA in poetry from the University of Virginia and was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize. Since 1994, she has coordinated the Poetry at Noon program at the Library of Congress. She has also taught poetry writing in the Washington area, including a class in modern poetry at the Smithsonian. Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines, such as Poetry International, Poetry East, the MacGuffin, Shenandoah, and in the online publications forpoetry.com and poetrymagazine.com. In 2000 and 2002, she received artist fellowships in poetry from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. She lives and works on Capitol Hill and bothers her son constantly with computer questions.