Lesléa Newman is the author of 65 books for readers of all ages including the short story collection, A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK, the novel-in-verse, OCTOBER MOURNING: A SONG FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD, and the children’s classic, HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES. Her literary awards include creative writing fellowhships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation. From 2008 to 2010, she served as the poet laureate of Northampton, MA. Currently she teaches at Spalding University’s low-residency MFA in Writing program. Her newest book, I CARRY MY MOTHER (trailer for her book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yf4ubYHObAM), a poetry collection that explores a daughter’s journey through her mother’s illness and death and her own grief, was recently published by Headmistress Press.