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Chella Courington earned a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of South Carolina and an M.F.A. in poetry from New England College. She is a Professor of English at Santa Barbara City College. Her prose and poetry have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals including The Los Angeles Review, lo-ball magazine, Gargoyle, The Tusculum Review, Danse Macabre and SmokeLong Quarterly. In 2016 Courington published was it more than a kiss (Flutter Press), a chapbook of poetry. In 2015, she published Love Letter to Biology 250 (Porkbelly Press), a chapbook of microfiction, and Flying South (Kind of Hurricane Press), an e-chapbook of poetry. In 2011 she published Paper Covers Rock (Indigo Press), a flipbook of lined poetry; Girls & Women (Burning River), a chapbook of prose poetry; and Talking Did Not Come Easily to Diana (Musa Publishing), an e-book of linked microfiction.In 2004 Courington published her first chapbook of poetry entitled Southern Girl Gone Wrong (Foothills Publishing). Her work has been honored by Camroc Press Review, The Collagist, Qarrtsiluni, and Main Street Rag, and nominated for Best of the Net and Best New Poets Anthology.