Michele N. Harmeling is a poet and essayist hailing from the quirky small town of Palmer, Alaska. Her lifelong hobbies include foraging for wild edibles and mushrooms, and canning, pickling, or preserving what she finds. She enjoys teaching basic plant and mushroom identification and is an avid hiker, backpacker, and trail-runner.
A graduate of Eastern Washington University’s MFA program, her work has appeared in such publications as Juked Magazine, the Alaska Quarterly Review, The Adirondack Review, and many more.
She is the recipient of the 2009 Whiskey Island Review Poetry Prize. She shares her home in the woods with her young son Walker (yes, as in “Texas Ranger”), cats, and dog, Puck, and she believes raspberry jam just isn’t the same without the seeds.
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