Carrie Fountain’s poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, American Poetry Review, and the New Yorker, among many others. Her first collection, Burn Lake, was a National Poetry Series winner. Her second collection, Instant Winner, was published by Penguin Random House in 2014. Fountain’s debut novel for young adults, I’m Not Missing, was published in 2018 by Flatiron Books (Macmillan), and her first children’s book, The Poem Forest, about the life and legacy of poet and ecologist W.S. Merwin, is forthcoming from Candlewick Press. Her newest poetry collection, The Life, will be published in May 2021 by Penguin Random House. Fountain lives with her family between Austin. In 2019, she was named Poet Laureate of the state of Texas.