Stephanie Pruitt is a poet, educator, and ARTrepreneur. This Cave Canem Fellow and member of the Affrilachian Poets is the author of I Am: A Poetic Journey Towards Self Definition and two chapbooks: Life on Lay-a-way and Unblanking the Page. Her poems, which have been described as "high art with a hearty dose of biscuit-sopping goodness," have also appeared in numerous journals, magazines, and anthologies. She earned her M.F.A at Vanderbilt University, where she later taught in the English department and the Peabody School of Education. She has also taught creative writing to high-school students at the University School of Nashville, and, as the Artist-in-Residence with the Tennessee Arts Commission, she has been a visiting writer in over fifty K-12 schools throughout the Southeast. Pruitt is committed to banishing “starving artist syndrome.” In addition to leading Mind Your Creative Business workshops for artists, this award-winning writer currently curates events and projects that highlight poetry in unexpected ways. These include the 30x30x30 project, poetry vending machines, 10,000 square foot interactive poems, and the reading series Poems & Pancakes. This multimedia artist was appointed to the Metro Nashville Arts Commission and serves on the board of directors of the Arts & Business Council. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee along with her husband, two teen and tween-aged girls, and their furkids, Jake E. Bear and Sugar. To learn more about Pruitt and her work, visit http://www.StephaniePruitt.com.