Melanie Figg is a writer, teacher, and certified 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, received a prestigious Kirkus starred review and a feature interview. Her writing awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the McKnight Foundation, the Maryland State Arts Council, and others. Her poems have been published in dozens of journals, including LIT, Colorado Review, and the Iowa Review. As a certified professional coach, Melanie teaches writing in the DC area, 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.