Born and raised in Rochester, NY, Lindsay Bernal holds a B.A. in English and Spanish from the University of Virginia and an M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Maryland, where she coordinates the Creative Writing Program and the Writers Here & Now reading series.

Her first collection of poems, What It Doesn't Have to Do With, selected by Paul Guest as a winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series competition, was published by the University of Georgia Press on September 15, 2018. The recipient of a scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and a fellowship from the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund, Lindsay divides her time between Front Royal, VA, and Washington, DC.