Shanti Weiland’s book Sister Nun is the 2015 winner of the Negative Capability Press Book Competition. She also curates and authors the blog, The Poets That You Meet, which features accessible poetry discussions, writing prompts, and interviews with  artistic-types; and she hosts the web corner, Online Enlightenment, which publishes literature, art, and music that explores  notions of enlightenment.

Weiland received her BA in English from the University of California, Davis and later moved to the desert, pursuing a Creative Writing MA at Northern Arizona University. She then traveled to the humid and friendly south, where she earned a  PhD in Poetry from the University of Southern Mississippi. She currently teaches writing and literature at The University of Alabama and lives in Birmingham with her wife and pets.