Lynn Marie Houston holds a Ph.D from Arizona State and an MFA from Southern Connecticut State University. She is the author of several poetry collections and academic reference books. Her poems have appeared in journals like Rattle, Painted Bride Quarterly, and Ocean State Review and have been featured on Garrison Keilor’s The Writer’s Almanac. Houston’s creative writing has garnered awards from the Eric Hoffer Foundation, the Connecticut Press Club, the National Federation of Press Women, Able Muse Press, the Heartland Review Press, the New England Book Festival, and others. This collection, The Mauled Keeper (Main Street Rag Publishing) examines human-animal relationships as a metaphor for betrayal within the context of romantic relationships. It was a runner-up for the 2016 Cathy Smith Bowers competition and has been praised in US Review of Books as “teach[ing] . . . us something important. Whether metaphorical or actual, this collection reveals our own animal instincts—our species, the things we do to each other, the ways in which we hurt and love.”