Lana M. Wiggins is the author of Notes from Refuge (Lana Maht Wiggins: Plain View Press, 2008) which chronicles her life in New Orleans pre and post-Katrina through poetic narratives. Lana earned her M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Louisiana in 2001, and has been published in a wide variety of literary journals, such as The Deep South Writer’s Conference Chapbook, The Southwestern Review, The Smoking Poet, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Moondance, Dance to Death, Words-Myth, Rose and Thorn, and Knock, among others. She was nominated for the 2009 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and was a finalist for the Marsh Hawk Poetry Award in 2006. Lana M. Wiggins was also an invited guest poet at the 2008 Encres de Sang International Writer’s Conference in Paris, France. Root. Sprout. Blossom: Life Bag of a Flower-Child is Lana’s second book, first novel. Lana M. Wiggins currently lives in New York, NY.