Raised a country girl, Amy Brian still resides in the mountains of north-eastern Pennsylvania that formed much of her perspective of the world. She has a bachelor’s in Creative Writing and English and views literature not as an escape from life but rather as a guide for living. Her favorite poets include Joy Harjo, Wallace Stevens, and Denise Levertov. She pursues poetry out of necessity but enjoys the way it can capture vital truths by contemplating daily rituals. Few things spark her interest the way the craft of writing does, but she also enjoys hiking mountains, traveling (to hike different mountains), and kayaking with her Labrador Retriever, Levi.