Raphael Kosek’s poems have appeared in numerous journals and magazines such as Southern Humanities Review, Briar Cliff Review, Poetry East, Catamaran, The Chattahoochee Review and many others. She also writes creative non-fiction and lyric essays, two of which have won first place awards at Eastern Iowa Review and Bacopa Review. Harmless Encounters won the 2021 Jesse Bryce Niles Chapbook Contest and was released in 2022, and Rough Grace won the 2014 Concrete Wolf Poetry Competition. American Mythology, a full-length book, was a finalist at Brick Road Poetry Press and released in 2019. She served as the 2019-2020 Dutchess County, NY Poet Laureate. She lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley with her husband and three cats where she teaches English at Dutchess Community College. Kosek graduated Vassar College with honors in English and a Distinguished Thesis, and also earned a Masters in American literature from Western Connecticut State College.