Joan Colby has published widely in journals such as Poetry, Atlanta Review, South Dakota Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, and others. Awards include two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards, Rhino Poetry Award, the new renaissance Award for Poetry, and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Literature. She was a finalist in the GSU Poetry Contest (2007), Nimrod International Pablo Neruda Prize (2009, 2012). She is the editor of Illinois Racing News, and lives on a small horse farm in Northern Illinois. She has published eleven books including The Lonely Hearts Killers, The Atrocity Book and her newest books from Future Cycle Press—Selected Poems and Dead Horses. Selected Poems received the 2013 Future Cycle Prize. A chapbook Bittersweet is forthcoming from Main Street Rag Press in 2014.