Stephen Kampa was born in Missoula, Montana, in 1981 and grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida. He received a BA in English Literature from Carleton College and an MFA in Poetry from the Johns Hopkins University. His first book, Cracks in the Invisible, won the 2010 Hollis Summers Poetry Prize and the 2011 Gold Medal in Poetry from the Florida Book Awards. His poems have also been awarded the Theodore Roethke Prize, first place in the River Styx International Poetry Contest, and two Pushcart nominations. He currently divides his time between teaching poetry at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida and working as a musician, most recently with Florida swamp blues master Robert “Top” Thomas and as a session player for WildRoots Records.