Michelle Gomez is a native of North Florida now living in the Bay (California). She has an MFA in Poetry from Mills College in Oakland and intends to use it to teach a love of language. She works with under-served high school students and elementary school children with special needs. Her prize project is a non-profit artist labor exchange, where artists enjoy a free work and meeting space and, in exchange, provide free workshops to area youth who need a safe place to express themselves. Her poetry has appeared in Sand Canyon Review, Flaneur Foundry, and Contingency, and she is the 2009 winner of the Ardella Mills Prize for Creative Nonfiction.
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