Jane Beal, PhD is a poet and professional writer. She is the creator of more than a dozen poetry collections, including Sanctuary (Finishing Line Press, 2008) and Rising (Wipf and Stock, forthcoming 2015), as well as three recording projects that combine poetry and music: Songs from the Secret Life, Love-Song, and with her brother, saxophonist and composer Andrew Beal, The Jazz Bird. Her fiction appears in Crux Literary Journal, Pacific Review and Literature Today, in Main Street Rag’s Law & Disorder anthology, and in her book, Short Stories from Undiscovered Countries (Lulu Press, 2009). She writes creative non-fiction and works of literary scholarship as well. She has served as a professor at Wheaton College and Colorado Christian University, teaching literature and creative writing, and as a midwife in the U.S., Uganda, and the Philippine Islands. She currently teaches at the University of California, Davis. To learn more, please visit http://sanctuarypoet.net.