Tanya Grae was born in South Carolina while her father was stationed at Shaw AFB and grew up moving to far-flung Air Force towns across America like Little Rock, Minot, Tucson, Panama City, and Homestead.

Her debut collection, Undoll, is forthcoming from YesYes Books in fall 2019 and was a National Poetry Series finalist. Her poems and essays have appeared in AGNI, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, The Missouri Review, New Ohio Review, Post Road, as well as other journals and anthologies. She has won two Academy of American Poets Prizes and the 2016 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Poetry Prize, selected by Yusef Komunyakaa.

She is a 2019-20 Edward H. and Marie C. Kingsbury Fellow at Florida State University where she is finishing her doctorate.