Brenda Yates is from nowhere. After growing up on Air Force bases here and overseas, she settled in California. Her poems have appeared in Mississippi Review, Eclipse, Pearl, In Posse Review, 51%, Cider Press Review, Spillway, Blue Arc West, So Luminous The Wildflowers: An Anthology of California Poets, Chaparral, Don’t Blame the Ugly Mug: Ten Years of Two Idiots Peddling Poetry, City of the Big Shoulders: An Anthology of Chicago Poetry (University of Iowa Press) and is upcoming in Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VI: Tennessee (Texas Review Press). She is a Pushcart Prize nominee (thanks, Cider Press Review!), recipient of the Patricia Bibby Memorial Prize at Idyllwild Arts, and winner of the Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center Poetry Contest.