K. D. Harryman considers herself a "Kentuckifornian" having grown up in Kentucky and lived most of her adult life in Los Angeles. Her poems have appeared in The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day Series, Narrative, Cream City Review, The Greensboro Review, and Raleigh Review among others. She is the recipient of the 2019 Rumi Prize sponsored by Arts & Letters and the 2018 James Hearst Poetry Prize sponsored by North American Review. Her first book, Auto Mechanic's Daughter, was selected by Chris Abani for the Black Goat Poetry Series Imprint at Akashic Books in Brooklyn. She is an experienced poet, speaker, teacher, and social justice advocate currently attending the Suzanne Dworak Peck School of Social Work at USC as a master's candidate. She lives with her family in Los Angeles and serves at Poetry Editor for Five South.