Shannon Phillips earned her MFA in creative writing from California State University, Long Beach. In 2011, she started Carnival, an online literary magazine, which she eventually transitioned into Picture Show Press. She is the co-founder of the annual Mother’s Day Poetry Reading at Gatsby Books and the recipient of the 28th Moon Prize from Writing In A Woman’s Voice. She has two chapbooks: Body Parts (dancing girl press) and My Favorite Mistake (Arroyo Seco Press). After teaching ESL for 3 years, she decided to study Arabic and hopes to one day work in the field of translation. When she is not busy courting her cat’s affection, she is probably obsessing over something: a line, a muse, a font.