Being a native Floridian and current resident, Michelle Lizet Flores is happy to have returned to the land where trees don’t sleep. She is a Cuban-American from Miami, a graduate of FSU and NYU creative writing programs, and currently works as a 5th grade teacher where she fosters the next generation of American writers. She has previously been published in magazines such as The Miami Rail, FreezeRay, and The Bookends Review. She has also traveled to over 20 countries and territories, 23 states, and is working on visiting every National Park in the US. Her first chapbook, Cuentos from teh Swamp, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. You can find her on most social media with the name @shellyflowers. Find out more at