Despy Boutris is a writer. She earned her MFA from the University of Houston, where she taught creative writing and composition, won the Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize in Poetry, and served as Poetry Editor for Gulf Coast. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, AGNI, Copper Nickel, The Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, American Poetry Review, The Gettysburg Review, Crazyhorse, and elsewhere. Her fiction chapbook, Burials (Bull City Press), is forthcoming in 2022. Currently, she lives in California and serves as Guest Editor for Palette Poetry and Frontier Poetry and Editor-in-Chief of The West Review.