Brynn Saito, MA, MFA, is the author of The Palace of Contemplating Departure, a collection of poetry from Red Hen Press. She received her BA in philosophy from UC Berkeley, her MA in religious studies from New York University and her MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. As an educator, Brynn is interested in writing and art-making as political and spiritual practices that integrate one's being and give voice to unspoken desires-both individual and collective. She is the recipient of a Kundiman Asian American Poetry Fellowship (2008), the Poets 11 award from the San Francisco Public Library (2010), and the Key West Literary Seminar's Scotti Merrill Memorial Award (2011). Brynn also teaches in CIIS' Master of Fine Arts programs. For more information, visit www.brynnsaito.com .