My name is Shelly Blankman and I live in Columbia, Maryland with my husband of 43 years. We have two sons, Richard and Joshua, who live in New York and Texas, respectively. We have filled our empty nest with four rescue cats and a dog. Richard and Joshua surprised me with the publication of my first book of poetry, Pumpkinhead. My poems have appeared in The Ekphrastic Review, Verse-Virtual, and Muddy River Poetry Review, among other publications.