Donna Hanelin studied literature and art at the College of Creative Studies, UC Santa Barbara, BA and the San Francisco Art Institute. She taught art to children, developed an arts program for homeschoolers, and was director of a cultural center. She began teaching writing in 1990; she continues to create original practices and essays on writing for all her classes. She has performed her poetry and prose on stage and radio in northern California with grants from Poets and Writers, Inc. and was a founding member of the Nevada City Poetry Series. In 1999 Donna received the May Martin Goyne Award for her contribution to the literary arts of Nevada County, Ca. Her books include two books of poetry And I You, Black Rock Press, You Jump to Water, a handmade limited edition from Ediciones Agotadas, and Flight from Oaxaca, a novella, self published under the imprint Medium Slow. Donna has been offering writing retreats in Mexico since 1997 and lives part time in the city of Oaxaca.