Cristen Brooks is a mother, a martial artist, and a poet living in Vermont with her husband and son. She completed a Master’s in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College in Spring 2012. A graduate of Middlebury College and a native of rural New England, she has worked as a book editor, a software support technician, and (most recently) as an academic administrator. She has been awarded fellowships to the Vermont Studio Center and the Frost Place Poetry Conference. From the Fishouse is her first publication.