ALLISON S. WALKER: A graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage, Allison S. Walker received her M.F. A. in Creative Writing in 2004. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and her recent scholarly work in the Community Literacy Journal and The Journal of Writing Analytics. Her research interests include narrative medicine and empathy studies. She also directs HPU LifeLines, a service learning initiative that harnesses the healing power of the creative arts by connecting students with residents of local assisted living facilities and after-school programs. In her spare time, Allison likes to volunteer for the Feral Cat Assistance Program of Guilford County.