Margaret Ray grew up in Gainesville, Florida. She is a graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA program. Previously, she has been a contributor at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in FIELD, The Gettysburg Review, American Literary Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and elsewhere, including as runner-up for the James Hearst Poetry Prize in North American Review. She teaches in New Jersey.