Mary Christine Delea has a Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing, and is a former college professor. A native of Long Island, she now lives in Oregon. She is the author of one full-length book and three chapbooks, the most recent of which is Did I Mention There Was Gambling and Body Parts? from dancing girl press. Over 200 of her poems have been published, with the most recent and upcoming publications being in, among others, The Hollins Critic, Heron Tree, The Remington Review, and The Comstock Review. She also makes beaded jewelry, quilts, and mixed media art.