MELISSA ELEFTHERION grew up in Brooklyn. A high school dropout - she went on to earn an MFA in Poetry from Mills College and an MLIS from San Jose State University. She is the author of huminsect (dancing girl press), prism maps (dusie kollektiv), Pigtail Duty (forthcoming from dancing girl press), and several other chapbooks and fragments. Recent work appears or is forthcoming in Bone Bouquet, Bukowski Erasure Poetry Anthology, Dusie, Finery, Open Letters Monthly, Poet as Radio, & So to Speak. She now lives in Ukiah, where she works as a Teen Librarian and manages the Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange.
Curatorial note: The following poems are a response to a call for poetry about rape culture for the annual Delirious Advent Feature; the call is in turn an immediate response to the Rolling Stone story “A Rape on Campus” about rape culture at the University of Virginia. However, they are also part of a larger conversation about rape in poetry communities. Curated by Jessica Smith and Susana Gardner.