Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas is a recent graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA in Writing program. She is the author of sixteen poetry collections, including several chapbooks. Her latest full-length collection Alice in Ruby Slippers was a grand prize finalist in the 2021 Eric Hoffer Book Awards. In 2019 her book Epitaph for the Beloved was nominated for the Northern California Book Awards. In 2018, her book In the Making of Goodbyes was nominated for the CLMP Firecracker Award in Poetry, and in 2011 her chapbook Before I Go to Sleep was the winner of the Red Ochre Chapbook contest. Her poems have been featured or are forthcoming in some of the following journals or websites: Verse Daily, Redactions: Poetry and Prose, Talking River Review, The Coachella Review, The Comstock Review, and many more. She has served as Editor-in-chief for The Orchards Poetry Journal, Tule Review, and is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Sacramento Poetry Center. She is an eleven-time Pushcart Prize nominee and a seven-time Best of the Net nominee. She lives in the Sierra Foothills with her husband, her little dog Zuzu and a twenty-year-old cockatoo named Sugar Pie.