Michele Battiste's first full-length collection, Ink for an Odd Cartography, was a finalist for the St. Lawrence Book Award and was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2009. Her second collection Uprising will be released in 2014, also from Black Lawrence. She was a finalist for the 2013 National Poetry Series and is the author of four chapbooks, the latest of which is Left: Letters to Strangers, forthcoming from Grey Book Press. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Anti-, The Awl, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and Mid-American Review, among others. Michele has taught poetry writing for Wichita State University (WSU), the Prison Arts Program in Hutchinson, KS, Gotham Writers' Workshops, and the national writing program Teen Ink. She has received grants, awards and residencies from WSU, The Jerome Foundation, Blue Mountain Center, the New York Foundation for the Arts, AWP, the Center for the American West, and the NY State Senate. She lives in Colorado where she raises funds for organizations undoing corporate evil.