Marcia B. Loughran won Mrs. Mott’s prestigious haiku prize in fifth grade at the National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C., and resumed her writing career thirty years later. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from the Bennington Writing Seminars in 2013. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Pennsylvania English, Verdad, Spoon River Poetry Review and elsewhere. Marcia’s chapbook Still Life with Weather won the 2016 WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook Prize. Her second prize-winning chapbook, My Mother Never Died Before and Other Poems will be released January 2021 by The Poetry Box. In non-pandemic times, Marcia reads her work in bars, bookstores and black-box theaters in New York City and the Catskills. She is a nurse practitioner and proud resident of Queens, NY.