Steven Toussaint is the author of Lay Studies (VUP, 2019), which was shortlisted for the Peter and Mary Biggs Award for Poetry at the Ockham NZ Book Awards in 2020. Steven was born in Chicago in 1986. In 2011, he immigrated to New Zealand and now lives in Auckland. He has studied poetry at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the International Institute of Modern Letters, and philosophical theology at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of a previous collection, The Bellfounder (The Cultural Study Society, 2015), and a chapbook, Fiddlehead (Compound Press, 2014).