Kent Shaw enlisted in the United States Navy and served as a nuclear qualified electrician on the USS Eisenhower during the first Gulf War. He earned an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis and a PhD from the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston. His first book Calenture was published by University of Tampa Press in 2008. Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Believer, Ploughsahres, TriQuarterly, Witness and other magazines. He is currently an Assistant Professor at West Virginia State University.