Mario Chard is a poet, essayist, critic, and teacher. Born in Morgan Valley, Utah, to an Argentine immigrant mother and an American father, he attended Weber State University (BA) and Purdue University (MFA). From 2011-2013, he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. / He is the author of Land of Fire (Tupelo Press, 2018), selected by Robert Pinsky for the 2016 Dorset Prize, named a 2018 Notable Debut by Poets & Writers Magazine, and chosen as the winner of the 2019 Georgia Author of the Year Award in Poetry. / His work has appeared widely in journals and magazines, including The Nation, The New Yorker, Poetry, among others, and his poems have been honored with several awards, including the “Discovery” Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. An inaugural fellow for the U.S. Emerging Poetry Critics program, he lives in Atlanta, Georgia.