Michele Madigan Somerville is the author of Black Irish (Plain View Press, 2009) and WISEGAL, Ten Pell, 2001). Her poems have appeared in several journals, including Hanging Loose, Puerto del Sol, Brooklyn Review, Eureka Street and The Nervous Breakdown. Somerville’s poems have received a number of awards, including a MacArthur scholarship for poetry (which she received while studying for her she MFA in Poetry at Brooklyn College). For many years, Somerville taught writing in New York city and state public colleges. Before that she worked as a classroom teacher New York City Schools at elementary, middle and secondary levels. She is currently completing Glamourous Life (poems) God Machine, a book of essays about being Catholic.