Claire Sylvester Smith is the author of Prospect,  the 2018 winner of the Walt McDonald First Book Prize in Poetry. She holds an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers and an MD from the University of Chicago. Her research on communication during awake surgery has been published in The American Journal of Surgery and covered in the New York Times. She lives in Chicago and is an intern at MacNeal Hospital; in 2019 she will start residency in ophthalmology at UCLA.