Brenda Sieczkowski is taking time off from her Ph.D. studies in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Utah to work with chronically homeless individuals. Her poems and lyric essays have appeared widely in print and online journals, including The Colorado Review, Versal, The New England Review, Diagram, The Florida Review, Gulf Coast, Poet Lore, Sidebrow, and Subtropics among others. Her chapbook, Wonder Girl in Monster Land, was published in 2012 by dancing girl press. A full-length collection, Like Oysters Observing the Sun, is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press. Currently, she lives, works, and writes in Omaha, Nebraska.