Amber Ridenour Walker was raised on a 100-acre orchard, in a rural central Washington town, and left for other parts as soon as she was able to. Her poems and short stories have appeared in 20 Minutes in Portland: A Special Edition of The Portland Review, Gumball Poetry, Word Riot, The Clementine Zine, Juniper Literary Review, Pile Press, Jaden Magazine (UK), Local Smoke, elimae, ALARM Magazine, Fast Forward580 Split, Tiny Spoon, The Corvus ReviewWisdom Body Collective, The Clementine Zine, LEON Literary Review, and Bombay Gin, among others. Her first full-length book, Surfacing, was published by Free Lines Press (France and UK) in August of 2021. Three of her chapbooks, Nightbomb (2008), Autobiographical Alley Map (2009), and Smithereens (2011), were published through Nightbomb Press (Portland, OR) and she edited The Nightbomb Review from 2008-2012. Her first two limited-edition chapbooks, Neon Signs of America (2006) and Infatuation vs Entropy (2007) were released through Jub Press under the name “Starlite Motel.” Amber holds an MFA from The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, and she lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.