Vera Kroms was born in a displaced persons camp in Germany to Latvian parents who soon emigrated to the Boston area. After college she became a regular member of Lucie Brock-Broido's summer workshops. In addition to receiving Honorable Mention in the Red Mountain Press Poetry Prize she has been a semi-finalist for the Perugia Press Intro Award and a finalist for the New Issues Poetry Prize, as well as being a recipient of Tupelo Press' Manuscript of Extraordinary Merit. Her first poetry collection is Necessary Harm (Finishing Line Press). Vera followed the family's scientific bent and earned a BS and MA in mathematics, followed by a long career as a computer programmer in financial and educational institutions.