Jillian Weise was born in Houston, Texas, in 1981. Her first poetry collection, *The Amputee's Guide to Sex*, is a bold investigation of disability and sexuality. *The Los Angeles Times* wrote, "Readers who can handle the hair-raising experience of Jillian Weise's gutsy poetry debut will be rewarded with a fearless dissection of the taboo and the hidden." Weise is also a playwright; her work has been staged at the New York Fringe Festival and the Provincetown Playwrights Festival. Her awards include the Fred Chappell Fellowship at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and the Alan Dugan Writing Fellowship in Provincetown's Fine Arts Work Center. Weise currently lives in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, on a Fulbright Fellowship, where she is visiting Charles Darwin's old haunts and working with his notebooks.