Beth Ellen Anstandig ("Almost Mexico," "She Would Have Hated") received her MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University where she received two Academy of American Poets Prizes. She teaches writing and is the Director of the Center for Literary Arts at San Jose State University. Her work has been published in Hayden's Ferry Review, South Ash Press, Louisiana Literature Review (2000 Poetry Prize Winner), Clackamas Literary Review (2000 Wilamette Poetry Prize Finalist), South Ash Press, and Tapestry. Her collection of poems, The Last Stop Disco, is currently being considered for publication.

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