Raised in Montana, Michelle Wing is a writer and poet who spent much of her adult life in the urban settings of Seattle, Osaka, Kyoto and San Francisco, but now lives in the country in northern California with her partner Sabrina, her faithful dog Ripley, and a houseful of other animals. She has been published in the Gay & Lesbian Review, Sinister Wisdom, and Vintage Voices, and works as the senior staff writer for a community newspaper in Napa Valley. Michelle uses her creative voice to coordinate writing events and workshops for survivors of domestic violence. Thanks to a great deal of education, including a master’s degree in Japanese studies, she has had a prestigious career path, highlights of which include working as a shipping and receiving clerk at a yoga equipment company, and being the janitor at a tattoo parlor. Hey, it’s all fodder for the next poem, right? Mind Stretch Contributor.