Isabel Duarte-Gray was born in Oakland, California, and raised in a trailer in Kuttawa, Kentucky. She earned her BA in English and Russian from Amherst College and her PhD from Harvard University, where she studied Latinx literature, poetry, and ecocriticism. Latinx literary production and book history were major focuses of her PhD dissertation, Unbinding Latinidad: Book History and the Horizon of Publishable Latinidad.
Duarte-Gray is the author of Even Shorn (Sarabande, 2021), which was named the 2019 Winner of the Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature and one of the Boston Globe’s Best Books of 2021. Her poems have appeared in Colorado Review, Bat City Review, South Carolina Review, December, and elsewhere.