A.E. Stallings is a contemporary poet, born and raised in Decatur, Georgia. She studied classics at Oxford University and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2011. Stallings is known for using traditional forms in her poetry as well as making good use of classical allusions. She has so far published four volumes of poetry. Her most recent, Like, published in 2018, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her work is often compared to that of Richard Wilbur and Edna St. Vincent Millay.