Leslie Marie Aguilar was born and raised in Abilene, Texas. She received her MFA from Indiana University and served as the Poetry Editor of Indiana Review. Her work has been supported by the National Society of Arts and Letters, the University of Missouri, Indiana University, and the Fine Arts Work Center. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Boiler, Callaloo, Hobart, Ninth Letter, Rattle, Sonora Review, Southern Indiana Review, and Washington Square Review among others. She is the author of Mesquite Manual (New Delta Review, 2015).