Daye Phillippo has lived her life backwards. She homeschooled her eight children for twenty-plus years, attending college after that to study poetry. She was awarded a BA in creative writing and liberal arts honors with a minor in Jewish Studies from Purdue University in 2011 where she also studied anthropology, forestry and natural resources, and interned with the Sycamore Review. She was inducted into the academic honor societies Alpha Sigma Lambda and the Purdue University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her MFA in creative writing from Warren Wilson MFA for Writers in 2014, and is the recipient of a Mortarboard Fellowship, a P.E.O. Rising Star grant for higher education, an Elizabeth George grant for work in progress, and a Tennessee Williams scholarship for poetry.
Phillippo’s work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared or is forthcoming in Valparaiso Poetry Review, Shenandoah, Cider Press Review, Literary Mama, Presence, The Windhover, and many others. She taught English at Purdue University and lives and writes in a creaky, old farmhouse on twenty rural acres in Indiana. Thunderhead is her debut collection of poems.