Aliki Barnstone is poet laureate of Missouri. She was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and grew up in Bloomington, Indiana. Her first book of poems, The Real Tin Flower (1968), introduced by Anne Sexton, was published when she was 12 years old. Barnstone earned her BA and MA at Brown University and her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of eight books of poetry, including Dwelling (2016), Bright Body (2011), Dear God, Dear Dr. Heartbreak: New and Selected Poems (2009), and Madly in Love (1997), and the critical work Changing Rapture: Emily Dickinson’s Poetic Development (2006). She is also the translator of The Collected Poems of C. P. Cavafy: A New Translation (2006).