Jessica Laser was born and raised in Chicago. She is the author of three books of poems, The Goner School (University of Iowa Press, forthcoming 2024), Planet Drill (Futurepoem Books, 2022), winner of the Other Futures Award, and Sergei Kuzmich from All Sides (Letter Machine Editions, 2019). She currently teaches in the literature department at Claremont McKenna College, and is completing a PhD in English at The University of California, Berkeley.