Natalie Kenvin is the author of Bruise Theory (BOA, 1995). Shestudied with Donald Hall, W. D. Snodgrass, Lucille Clifton and Charles Simic, and returned to writing in 1988 after a twenty-five-year silence. Many of her poems are set in urban neighborhoods and state hospitals, making Kenvin, like Sylvia Plath, a poet of dark moods and slashing epiphanies. "To know her/ Is like kissing in the narrow, warring alleys." From 1993-1995, Kenvin was co-editor of No Roses Review and has won an NEA Award (1995) and an Illinois Artist in the Schools Award (1998-2000).