Rachael Lyon grew up in Nashville, Tennessee.
She is the author of The Normal Heart and How It Works, winner of the White Eagle Coffee Store Press Poetry Chapbook Award and finalist for the Black River Chapbook Competition.
She received an MFA in poetry from George Mason University and completed a Fulbright grant in Vienna, Austria, where she translated poetry from German.
At work on her first collection of poems, she is a lecturer at Penn State. She lives in central Pennsylvania with her husband, creative nonfiction writer Casey Wiley, and her dog, Thomas.