Ann Dernier is co-founder of Poets’ Studio, a workshop series for writers, as well as a juried artist on the Arizona Commission on the Arts Teaching Artist Roster. She serves on the editorial team for Koré Press and is a guest poet for the Grrls Literary Activism Series. She is editor of Writing Out of the Darkness, an anthology of poetry by torture survivors and their families. Her work appears in local and national publications including Autumnal: A Collection of Elegies (audio collection available at Koré Press), Three Penny Review, Red Poppy Review and an upcoming collection, Tucson in the Aftermath: Prose, Politics & Hope, in honor of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. She received a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.