This week we welcome Mari L'Esperance as our guest author. Mari was born in Kobe, Japan to a Japanese mother and a French Canadian-New Englander father. Her collection The Darkened Temple (2008, University of Nebraska Press) was awarded a Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. An earlier collection, Begin Here, was awarded a Sarasota Poetry Theatre Press Chapbook Prize. In 2013 Prairie Lights Books published Coming Close: Forty Essays on Philip Levine, which L'Esperance coedited with Tomás Q. Morín. L'Esperance is a graduate of the Creative Writing Program at New York University and the recipient of awards from the New York Times, New York University, Djerassi, Hedgebrook, and Dorland Mountain Arts Colony. She lives in the Los Angeles area. You can find out more about Mari at her website here.