Darcy Lee Brandel received her B.A. in English from Allegheny College in 1999, her M.A. in English from Syracuse University in 2001, and her Ph.D. in English from Case Western Reserve University in 2006. She is currently coordinator of Marygrove's English master of arts program. She led the charge to establish the first Women’s Center on campus and now serves on its advisory board. Her fields of interest include literature by women, multi-ethnic literature, comparative women’s studies, critical theory, aesthetic theory, creative writing, Buddhism, and translation. She has published work on Gertrude Stein, Grace Paley, and other experimental women writers and, along with Chae-Pyong Song, translations of Korean Buddhist poetry. She is currently working on her first manuscript of poetry.