Vicki Mandell-King has been writing poetry for what seems most of her life. She intended to do so as a career, but in 1970, a stranger on an airplane observed, “It seems like you want to change the world.  How about law school?”  That random remark led to a 30-year career as an Assistant Federal Public Defender.  But Vicki has never stopped writing poetry.   As she says, she writes  “to get to the bottom of things, to surprise herself.”  Vicki's poetry has been individually published in a variety of literary journals, and her first book of poems is called TENACITY OF LACE. She and her husband live in an old, continuously-remodeled Victorian near the foothills of the Rockies. Their son and family live close by.