Elizabeth Knies is the author of five collections of poetry, including The New Year & Other Poems (1975); From the Window (1985); The Unstopped Heart (1992); and White Peonies (2001). A native of Pennsylvania, she won the Sarah Homer Prize for Creative Writing from Allegheny College, her undergraduate alma mater. After completing a master's degree in English Language and Linguistics at the University of New Hampshire, she taught for two and a half years at Shoin Women's University in Kobe, Japan. Subsequent teaching positions took her to Missouri and Colorado. Her reviews of film, drama, poetry, and nonfiction have appeared in The Boston Globe, Kirkus Reviews, The Missouri Review, and Portfolio. In 1998 - 99, as a teaching fellow in the Creative Writing Program at Boston University, she earned a master's degree in Creative Writing. She now lives in Kingston, New Hampshire.