Donna Pucciani was born in Washington, D.C., grew up in New Jersey, graduated magna cum laude from Marywood University with a degree in music, and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Humanities from New York University. She taught in secondary schools and colleges in the East and Midwest for several decades. Her poems have been published on four continents, translated into Chinese, Japanese, Italian and German, and nominated several times for the Pushcart Prize. She has won awards from the Illinois Arts Council, the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Poetry on the Lake, Poets and Patrons of Chicago, Waterline Writers, and other organizations. A resident of the Chicago area, she served for many years as Vice President of the Poets’ Club of Chicago. Pucciani’s books of poetry include The Other Side of Thunder (Flarestack Publications, U.K. , 2006); Jumping Off the Train (Orchard House Press, Washington State, 2007); Chasing the Saints (Virtual Artists Collective, Chicago, 2008); To Sip Darjeeling at Dawn (Virtual Artists Collective, Chicago, 2011); Hanging Like Hope on the Equinox (Virtual Artists Collective, Chicago, 2013); and A Light Dusting of Breath (Purple Flag, Chicago, 2014); and Edges (Purple Flag, Chicago, 2016).