Hunter Hazelton was born and raised in Phoenix. He received a bachelor’s degree in education from Northern Arizona University and studied literature and creative writing at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. Writing from the age of 6, his poems have been published by Best New Poets, Scribendi, Best Teen Writing, and Storm of Blue Press, among others. I Never Understood Religion Until I Learned Your Name is his debut collection of work. He teaches high school English.