Melanie Figg is a writer, teacher, and creativity coach from Maryland. She used to live in the Twin Cities and taught at the Loft for many years. Her award-winning debut poetry collection, Trace, was named one of the Best 100 Inde Books by Kirkus Reviews. Her writing awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the McKnight Foundation, the Maryland State Arts Council, and others. Her poems, essays and reviews have been published in dozens of journals, including LIT, Colorado Review, and the Iowa Review. As a certified professional coach, Melanie offers women’s writing retreats, and works remotely with writers on manuscript review as well as issues like procrastination, time management, and more. She is currently working on a hybrid memoir. Find more at melaniefigg.net.