LAURA SECORD is an MFA candidate in poetry at Sierra Nevada College. She studied literature and Theater at UC Berkeley in the 1970’s. She is the author of the poetry collection, Becoming A Mojo Mamma, and the play, Sanapia’s Courage Medicine: A Woman Healer’s life in Poems. Her book length poem cycle, An Art, a Skill a Mystery, tells the story of two Connecticut women who were persecuted in the witch-hunts of the seventeenth century. Laura blends the life of a writer and performer with a thirty-year career as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She currently provides clinical services to HIV positive patients.