Naomi Thiers was raised in northern California and Pittsburgh, but has lived in the Washington, DC area since 1980 and considers it her home. She is author of three collections of poetry: Only the Raw Hands Are Heaven (Washington Writers Publishing House), In Yolo County (Finishing Line) and She Was a Cathedral (Finishing Line). Her poems (as well as fiction, essays about writing, and interviews with writers) have been published in dozens of local and national magazines and several anthologies. She has been active in various small local writing groups and literary communities, including Washington Writers Publishing House. In the late 80s, she had the good fortune to study poetry with three wonderful teachers Susan Tichy, Carolyn Forché, and Peter Klappert at George Mason University, where she got her MFA in Poetry and was poetry editor of Phoebe. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and awarded the Evangelical Press Association award (for a poem in Sojourners magazine), among other prizes. She has taught writing at Catholic University and American University and led poetry workshops at a Montessori school and a women’s shelter, and has worked as a writer and editor for many DC trade associations.