Christine Sloan Stoddard is a Salvadoran-American writer, artist, and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. She is the founder of Quail Bell Press & Productions, including Quail Bell Magazine. Her books Heaven Is a Photograph, Belladonna Magic: Spells in the Form of Poetry & Photography, Desert Fox By the Sea, and Water for the Cactus Woman are available wherever books are sold. The poem featured here is from her novelette Naomi & The Reckoning, which is only available directly from the publisher. Find out more about her work at www.worldofchristinestoddard.com.