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Steven Espada Dawson grew up in Los Angeles. He earned a BA from University of Colorado Denver and an MFA in creative writing from Purdue University. His poems have appeared in many journals, including Gulf Coast, Colorado Review, Adroit Journal, Kenyon Review Online, The Pinch, Thrush, and Waxwing, as well as in the anthology Best New Poets 2020In 2021, Dawson received a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation.

He has won the Barriss and Iola Mills Award, Kneale Award, and Purdue Federal Credit Union Award, and he was a finalist for the New Ohio Review poetry prize. He has served as an editor at Copper Nickel and Sycamore Review.