After 30 years of teaching public education, I moved to the western slope of Colorado to paint, write, and enjoy the out of doors. I have a masters degree in art education. I have published articles and poetry, and won awards in art and writing. I teach, paint and otherwise pretend that I am not retired. The anthology is a composite of work by the critique group in which I participate. They are inspiring, critical, and spread humor within their criticism. They are diverse, amazing, and enthusiastic. You can see that in their work. We share an intense love of words.