"As in childhood we live sweeping close to the sky and now, what dawn is this."  
                                                   -Anne Carson, Autobiography of Red

Brandi M. Spaethe received her MFA in poetry from Fresno State where she worked for The Normal School and The Philip Levine Prize for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in The New Engagement (nominated for a Pushcart Prize), Off the Rocks: An Anthology of GLBT Writing, Minola Review, and BLOOM, to name a few. Her chapbook, To You Who Wants In, was released in December 2012. Brandi received the 2012 C.G. Hanzlicek Poetry Writing Fellowship and was a poetry fellow in the 2013 Lambda Literary Foundation's Emerging Writer's Retreat. She is the program associate at Poets & Writers' California Office, festival coordinator for Lambda LitFest, and teaches at California State University, Los Angeles.