Joanne S. Bodin received her doctorate from the University of New Mexico in Multi-cultural Teacher Education. She is an award-winning author, poet, and retired educator. Her book of poetry, Piggybacked, was a finalist in the New Mexico Book Awards. Her novel, Walking Fish, won the New Mexico Book Awards and the International Book Awards in gay/lesbian fiction, and placed finalist in three other categories. She is past vice president of the New Mexico State Poetry Society and has served on the board of Southwest Writers. She is currently on the board of the New Mexico Orchid Guild. Her poetry has appeared in The Rag, La Llorona Poetry Anthology, Fixed and Free Poetry Anthology, Desert Sun Runner, Voices of New Mexico Too, JB Stillwater Magazine, NMSPS Albuquerque Chapter Poetry Anthology, Zingara Poetry Pics, New Mexico Mercury, 200 New Mexico Poems Anthology, The Storyteller's Anthology, and Adobe Walls 5.