Shelly Blankman and her husband, Jon, live in Columbia, Maryland. They have two sons, who live in New York and Texas. Shelly and Jon now fill their empty nest with two rescue cats and a foster dog. Shelly's career spanned years of working in public relations and journalism, but she has returned to her first love -- poetry. Her work has appeared in various publications, including Poetry Super Highway, Halfway Down The Stairs, and The New Verse News.