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Rand Hess. She was the literacy coach and<br />

design specialist for Book-in-a-day and<br />

worked as regional coordinator in Northern<br />

and Western Maryland for Poetry Out Loud,<br />

a national poetry recitation contest.<br />

She is a Jin Shin Jyutsu (a Japanese healing<br />

art) practitioner in Baltimore, MD, and is<br />

currently working on a children's novel-inverse.<br />

www.deannanikaido.com<br />

Deanna Nikaido<br />

Deanna Nikaido is a graduate from Art<br />

Center College of Design in Pasadena,<br />

California, with a degree in Illustration and<br />

has authored two collection of poetry,<br />

Voice Like Water and Vibrating with Silence<br />

and the children’s book, Animal Ark, coauthored<br />

with Kwame Alexander and Mary

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