Denise Calvetti Michaels is mother to three daughters, and grandmother to Holden, Calder, and Maizie. Denise teaches psychology and human relations at Cascadia Community College in Bothell, Washington. Her poems have appeared in Crosscurrents, Paterson Literary Review, Literary Mama, and King County Poetry on Buses. Her essay “Polenta” is included in The Milk of Almonds, Italian American Women on Food and Culture published by the Feminist Press, 2002. She was recently admitted into the Rainer Writing Workshop Low-Residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University.