Maureen Thorson is a poet, publisher, and book designer living in Washington, D.C. She is the author of the full-length collections My Resignation, published by Shearsman Books in April 2014, and Applies to Oranges, published in 2011 by Ugly Duckling Presse. She has also written a number of chapbooks, including Mayport, which won the Poetry Society of America's National Chapbook Fellowship for 2006. Her poems can be found in many anthologies and journals, such as Drunken Boat, Parcel, Washington Square, Columbia Poetry Review, The Rumpus, Exquisite Corpse, and Hotel Amerika.

Maureen is the poetry editor of Open Letters Monthly, an online critical review. From 2006-2009, she was the publisher and editor of Big Game Books, a small press dedicated to emerging poets. Big Game was named Washington's "Best Small Press" by the Washington City Paper in 2008. The press published 57 chapbooks and "tinysides" during its three-year run. Maureen is now in the process of ">digitizing the 50 "tinysides."

Maureen is the former co-curator of the In Your Ear reading series at the DC Arts Center. The series brings poets to DC from far and wide. Past readings have featured poets such as Anne Tardos, Bruce Andrews, Bill Berkson, Cathy Wagner, and Rob Halpern. You can read the Washington Post's write-up of a reading here.

Maureen is also the founder of NaPoWriMo, an annual project in which poets attempt to write a poem a day for the month of April.

You can contact Maureen at reenhead-AT-gmail-DOT-com.