From HarperCollins: Sena Jeter Naslund is the daughter of a physician father and a musician mother. She grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, with her two older brothers Marvin D. Jeter, an archaeologist and author and John Sims Jeter, a retired engineer and novelist. The Jeter family also lived briefly in Loredo, West Virginia, and Jackson, Louisiana. Naslund attended public schools in Birmingham and graduated from Birmingham Southern College where she received the B.B. Comer Medal in English. She earned a master's degree and a doctorate from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. She served as Kentucky Poet Laureate during 2005–2006, and is currently Writer in Residence and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Louisville.