Marlin M. Jenkins was born and raised in Detroit. His poetry has been given homes by Indiana Review, Iowa Review, Waxwing, TriQuarterly, New Poetry from the Midwest, and Volume 2 of Oxidant Engine's BoxSet Series. His fiction has been given homes by The Rumpus and the anthology Forward: 21st Century Flash Fiction. He has worked as a teaching artist with Inside Out Literary Arts teaching poetry to middle schoolers in Detroit Public Schools, and with the Neutral Zone, Ann Arbor's teen center. He earned his MFA in poetry at the University of Michigan, where he then taught writing and literature and was nominated for the Ben Prize for outstanding teaching of writing. He currently lives in Minnesota.