Sierra Nelson is a Seattle-based poet, performer, installation artist, collaborator, and teacher. Her books include chapbook In Case of Loss (Toadlily Press) and lyrical choose-your-own-adventure I Take Back the Sponge Cake (Rose Metal Press) made with visual artist Loren Erdrich. Her poems have appeared inside Seattle Metro buses and at the Seattle Aquarium, with Nordic runes on lava stones in Reykjavik, Iceland (and remounted at The Project Room), checked out with keys from the lobby of the Bridge Motel, in sound boxes on Denny Ave. for All Rise, on the historic Wave Books Poetry Bus Tour, and in journals and anthologies such as Alive at the CenterPink Thunder, Crazyhorse, Tin House, Pleiades, and Poetry Northwest. Earning her B.A. in English Literature from Vassar College and her M.F.A. in Poetry from University of Washington, she is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, Pushcart Prize nominee, and recipient of a CityArtist Grant and the Carolyn Kizer Prize. Nelson is also co-founder of performance groups the Vis-à-Vis Society and The Typing Explosion, and president of Seattle’s Cephalopod Appreciation Society. She teaches in Seattle, Friday Harbor, and Rome, Italy.  For more information: songsforsquid.tumblr.com