Melanie Noel is the author of a book of poems titled The Monarchs, and the forthcoming chapbook Try Me. Her poems have also appeared in Spiral, Volta, Weekday, THERMOS, La Norda Especialo, and in the anthology THE ARCADIA PROJECT. She co-curated APOSTROPHE, a dance, music, and poetry series; and curated IMPALA, a reading series that took place in her grandmother’s car. She grew up in Oregon and lives in Seattle, where she is a gardener and teaches creative writing in a psychiatric hospital. She also teaches experiential outdoor workshops meant to invoke synesthesia.