Heather Askeland is a poet, fiddler, and aspiring healer from Minneapolis and Brooklyn, on her way to San Diego via Seattle. She began writing poetry in 2010 at Bent Writing Institute and is convinced that doing so saved her heart, if not her life (though she admits she is prone to hyperbole). Since then her work has appeared in Breadcrumb Scabs, Word Riot, and Boxcar Poetry Review, and in 2012 she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Heather currently resides in Seattle with her two cats, where she’s busy packing her life into boxes, saying goodbye Mt. Rainer, and learning to thrive beyond the confines of chronic illness.