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, The Under Review, and Rock & Sling. She teaches writing at North Central University, Hamline Young Writers Workshop, and the Loft Literary Center. Ari is represented by Sara Crowe at Pippin Properties. She also enjoys painting and lives in St. Paul with her husband.