Cristina Trapani-Scott was born and raised in Metro Detroit and moved to Colorado in 2016 with her husband to be closer to family. For more than a decade, she worked as an editor for one of Michigan’s longest running independent weekly newspapers where she earned awards for her column writing from the Michigan Press Association and the National Newspaper Association. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in writing with concentrations in poetry and fiction from Spalding University and teaches college level composition and creative writing in person and online. Her poetry and prose has appeared in Hip Mama Magazine, Sweet Lemons 2: International Writings with a Sicilian Accent, Paterson Literary Review, and Entropy Magazine among others. Her chapbook of poems The Persistence of a Bathing Suit was a semi-finalist for the Finishing Line Press 2016 New Women’s Voices Competition and was published by Finishing Line Press in 2017. She is currently working on the final draft of her first novel. When she’s not writing, she loves to oil paint and do a little hiking and fishing with her husband and Olive, her rescue pup.