Ann Elliott Sherman was born and raised in Bakersfield, CA. (She once collected grits and black-eyed peas for a high school canned food drive from Buck Owens. Two years later, Buck asked to buy her a drink in an airport lounge during a layover.) Ann’s formal education and former legal career are her equivalent of an ill-fated first marriage. In the mid-1980s, she hosted a weekly poetry show on KALX, studied with poet Tom Clark, and lived in a warehouse in East Oakland. After moving to the South Bay, Ann started at Metro Newspapers as a proofreader, became copyeditor of their community newspapers, and from 1992–2000, wrote art reviews for their flagship alternative weekly, Metro. During this time, Ann was a member of Writing in the Margins, a women’s writing group led by Margarita Luna Robles, and a founding/performing member of a multidisciplinary arts group, the Collaboratory. Ann has published various handmade chapbooks, the guerrilla chap-pad Free—Take One, and has not published several other manuscripts of which she remains inexplicably fond, including Stubborn Desire. Her work has been published in Blind Date, Carbuncle, Galley Sail Review, Skanky Possum, Little Elegy, Log, Shampoo, Big Bridge, can we have our ball back? and The Pedestal. She was featured in the Monday Night at Moe’s Books series in Berkeley in January 2007. From 2007 to 2010, she published an email poetry newsletter, The Monkey’s Paw, founded and ran the annual Luna Park Chalk Art Festival, and served on the advisory board of ARTSHIFT San Jose (www.artshiftsanjose.com ). Ann is a freelance inkslinger and lives in San Jose with her husband and two sons.