Suzanne Richter received a BA in English from Rutgers College and graduates in August, 2013 with an MFA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She studied with poets Laurie Sheck, David Daniel, Renee Ashley, and Kathleen Graber as well as novelists Toni Morrison and David Grand. Her poetry has appeared in Orion magazine and on Nashville public transit. Her original copy of Ariel was a gift from her brother Mark. She dedicates her essay in this volume to his life and memory.