Ilyse Kusnetz received her MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Syracuse University and her Ph.D. in Contemporary British Literature from the University of Edinburgh. After graduation, she bummed around Europe, ran a writer’s retreat and worked for an orthodontist. Her poetry has been published in journals such as Rattle, Crazyhorse, the Atlanta Review, Stone Canoe, Poetry Review, the Cimarron Review, Poet Lore, and MiPOesias, and her book reviews and interviews have appeared in The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, The New Statesman, the Orlando Sentinel, and The Florida Review. She is also the author of a chapbook, The Gravity of Falling. Currently, she is on the faculty of Valencia College in Orlando, Florida where she teaches English and Creative Writing, helps to organize the Visions and Voices Distinguished Artists Series, and works to bring small-press authors to the college through the amazing Florida Writers Circuit. She is a long-time friend of the Kerouac Project of Orlando, a great place for readers and writers to discover new authors.