Originally from Alabama, Austin Segrest holds a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing (Poetry) from The University of Missouri (2014) and an MFA from Georgia State University (2009).
Austin has received fellowships from Ucross Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and the NEH. A former poetry editor of The Missouri Review, Austin currently teaches at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI.
His poems can be found in Poetry, The Yale Review, The Threepenny Review, Ecotone, New England Review, Harvard Review, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, Image, TriQuarterly, Guernica, Western Humanities Review, Blackbird, Poetry Northwest, Poetry Daily, Southwest Review, and others. His poetry reviews can be found in Pleiades and Southern Humanities Review. His poetry manuscripts have been a finalist at Carnegie Mellon, Autumn House, Barrow Street, UNT Press (the Vassar Miller Prize), Texas Review Press (the XJ Kennedy Prize), Wisconsin (Brittingham and Pollak Prize), Unicorn Press, and Waywiser (the Anthony Hecht Prize).