Dora E. McQuaid is an award-winning poet, activist, speaker, and teacher, whose blend of art, emotion and service has earned her multiple awards, including the PA Governor’s Pathfinder Award, recognition by the PA Senate and a Vagina Warrior Honor. Dora performs, speaks and teachers internationally, in venues as varied as men’s and women’s prisons, justice and outreach programs, churches, universities and professional and academic conferences. Dora serves as Board Member of The Sage Institute for Environment, Creativity and Consciousness in Taos, NM. She continues her family tradition of using the personal story to explore memory and conjecture, culture and community, and the intersections between the private and the political in the pursuit of social justice. Dora’s work is published in anthologies, plays, films, and required college course readings. She is the author ofthe scorched earth and its compact disc companion, the scorched earth: spoken. Dora’s next book is SEVEN: Poems of The Interim. WWW.DORAMCQUAID.COM. New Mexico Writer’s Fellow; Desert Delight Contributor.