Ari Tison is a local writer and the winner of the Vaunda Micheaux Nelson Award for her verse novel. She is the editor for Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop's Broadside Competition in collaboration with the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. She has her MFA from Hamline University and works for their Creative Writing Programs. Her poems and short works have been published in Yellow Medicine Review and are forthcoming in Rock & Sling. She also enjoys painting and lives in St. Paul with her husband.