Erica McAlpine grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She is an Associate Professor of English and Fellow of St Edmund Hall at Oxford, where she lives with her husband and two children. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement, The New Criterion, The Spectator, Slate, and elsewhere. She studied English and Latin poetry as an undergraduate at Harvard before earning an MPhil from Cambridge and a PhD from Yale. Her book The Poet’s Mistake appeared with Princeton University Press in 2020, and The Country Gambler, a collection of poems, was published by Shearsman Books in 2016.