Athena Kildegaard is the author of five books of poetry. She holds an M.A.T./English from the University of Chicago and teaches in the English and Environmental Studies programs at the University of Minnesota Morris, where she also directs the Honors Program. Kildegaard's poems have appeared widely in such journals as Malahat Review, Ecotone, RHINO, Rattle, Northwest Review, and elsewhere. Her poems have been set as art song and for chorus by several Minnesota composers, including Libby Larsen. She is now collaborating with a Minnesota composer to create a longer choral and instrumental work on the theme of immigration.