Andrea Deeken was born in rural Missouri. Her writing has appeared in The Bear Deluxe, Spoon River Poetry Review, The Blue Mountain Review, and elsewhere. Awards include Honorable Mention in the 2019 Spoon River Poetry Review Editors’ Prize Contest, and second place in the 2020 Blue Mountain Review LGBTQ Chapbook Contest, among others. Her debut chapbook, Mother Kingdom, won the 2021 Slapering Hol Chapbook Contest and will be published in 2022 by Slapering Hol Press, the small press imprint of the Hudson Valley Writers Center. A former book editor, she has worked for Multnomah County Library for fifteen years. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her wife and daughter.