Sheila Black is a mother of three who lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and works for the Colonias Development Council, which does community organizing in border colonia communities. She also teaches part-time in the English Department of New Mexico State University. Her poems have been published in many print and on-line journals, including Blackbird, DMQ Review, and Puerto Del Sol. Her first book, House of Bone, is forthcoming from CustomWords Press in early 2007. Among her awards are the Ellipsis Prize, judged by Stanley Plumly; a 2003 Editor’s Choice Award from Heliotrope Magazine; and the 2000 Frost-Pellicer Frontera Prize given annually to a U.S. and a Mexican poet living along the U.S.-Mexican border.