Samantha Claire Updegrave writes creative non-fiction, micro-essays, and poetry. Her work has appeared most recently in Literary Mama, Bacopa Literary Review, hipMama, Stratus Journal of Arts & Writing, and on the Shambhala Sun’s blog SunSpaces. She is an Elizabeth George Foundation Scholar and an MFA candidate at The Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, where she is also an assistant non-fiction editor at Soundings Review. By day, she is an urban planner. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her partner, young son, and two feuding cats. You can find her on-line at samanthaupdegrave.wordpress.