Ken Fontenot is a poet, novelist, and translator. He received an MA in German Language and Literature from the University of Texas at Austin. His translations from German, as well as his own poems, have been published widely. He is the author of the novel For Mr. Raindrinker, set in 1970s New Orleans and published by Slough Press. His book of poetry In a Kingdom of Birds won the 2013 Texas Institute of Letters award for best poetry book in Texas.