AJ Odasso's poetry, nonfiction, and short stories have appeared in an eclectic variety of magazines and anthologies since 2005. AJ’s début collection, Lost Books (Flipped Eye Publishing), was nominated for the 2010 London New Poetry Award and was also a finalist for the 2010/2011 People’s Book Prize. Their second collection with Flipped Eye, The Dishonesty of Dreams, was released in 2014. Their third-collection manuscript, Things Being What They Are, an earlier version of The Sting of It, was shortlisted for the 2017 Sexton Prize. The Sting of It was published by Tolsun Books and won Best LGBT Book in the 2019 New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards. AJ holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Boston University. They teach at Central New Mexico Community College and the University of New Mexico. They have served in the Poetry Department at Strange Horizons magazine since 2012.