Laurie Kuntz is an award-winning poet and film producer. She taught creative writing and poetry in Japan, Thailand and the Philippines. Many of her poetic themes are a result of her working with Southeast Asian refugees for over a decade after the Vietnam War years. Her 3rd chapbook, Talking Me off the Roof is forthcoming from Kelsay Books at the end of 2022. She has published two poetry collections (The Moon Over My Mother's House, Finishing Line Press, and Somewhere in the Telling, Mellen Press) and two chapbooks (Simple Gestures, Texas Review Press and Women at the Onsen, Blue Light Press), as well as an ESL reader (The New Arrival, Books 1 & 2, Prentice Hall Publishers). Moment Poetry Press has published a broadside of her poem The Moon Over My Mother’s House ( https://www.momentpoetry.com/) Her poems, Darnella’s Duty and Not Drowning But Waving have been produced in a podcast from LKMNDS. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her chapbook, Simple Gestures, won the Texas Review Poetry Chapbook Contest. She is a reader for Carve Magazine and Button Poetry. She was editor in chief of Blue Muse Magazine and a guest editor of Hunger Mountain Magazine. She produced a documentary, Do Tell, on the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Law, and is an associate producer for Strangers to Peace, a documentary on the Colombian peace process and reintegration of guerrilla soldiers in Colombia. She is the executive producer of an Emmy winning short narrative film, Posthumous. Recently retired, she lives in an endless summer state of mind.