Maria Theresa Maggi received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Irvine. Her poems and essays about contemporary poetry have appeared in a number of literary publications over the years. She taught poetry and writing at University of California, Irvine and the University of Idaho. Also a visual artist, she created the cover art for her first book of poems, The Rings Around Saturn, from Black Rock Press at the University of Nevada and her chapbook, If A Sparrow, from Finishing Line Press. She also writes and illustrates a blog called Plant-Based Slow Motion Miracle, about living well with Multiple Sclerosis. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon, and spends as much time as possible on the Oregon Coast.