Born in Tokyo, half Japanese, Kathleen Hellen (she/her/hers) has won prizes from the Maryland State Arts Council, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, as well as the H.O.W. Journal, Washington Square Review, and Washington Writers’ Publishing House for her collection Umberto’s Night. Hellen’s poems have appeared in Barrow Street, The Carolina Quarterly, Colorado Review, jubilat, New American Writing, New Letters, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, Subtropics, The Sycamore Review, Verse Daily, and West Branch, among others. Her credits include two chapbooks, The Girl Who Loved Mothra and Pentimento. Hellen’s latest poetry collection is The Only Country Was the Color of My Skin.