Rand Hess. She was the literacy coach and

design specialist for Book-in-a-day and

worked as regional coordinator in Northern

and Western Maryland for Poetry Out Loud,

a national poetry recitation contest.

She is a Jin Shin Jyutsu (a Japanese healing

art) practitioner in Baltimore, MD, and is

currently working on a children's novel-inverse.


Deanna Nikaido

Deanna Nikaido is a graduate from Art

Center College of Design in Pasadena,

California, with a degree in Illustration and

has authored two collection of poetry,

Voice Like Water and Vibrating with Silence

and the children’s book, Animal Ark, coauthored

with Kwame Alexander and Mary

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