Melissa Atkinson Mercer is the author of After the Miracle Season (forthcoming, ELJ Publications, 2017) and the chapbook Storm Was Her Voice (forthcoming, Dancing Girl Press, 2016). Her work has also appeared or is forthcoming in Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal and Rust+Moth. She has an MFA from West Virginia University, where she won the Russ MacDonald Creative Writing Award in Poetry. She currently lives in the mountains of North Carolina, hemmed in on all sides by history: a trout stream, a cemetery, and grandmother mountain. You can read one of her poems here.