David Shook studied endangered languages in Oklahoma and poetry at Oxford. He served as Translator in Residence at the Poetry Parnassus in London, where he premiered his covertly filmed documentary Kilometer Zero, featuring Equatorial Guinean poet Marcelo Ensema Nsang. His poems, translations and essays appear widely, in magazines like Ambit, Poetry, World Literature Today. Wasafiri nominated his poem \\\"Mutt Ghazal\\\" for the 2012 Forward Prize. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, where he is a contributing editor for the Unnamed Press, edits the online broadside Molossus and is the editorial director of Phoneme Media. His first book of poetry, Our Obsidian Tongues, was published earlier this year by Eyewear Publishing.