Marya Summers is a freelance writer and writing coach living in Long Beach, California. Hailing from South Florida, she has written popular columns for Voice Media (New Times Broward-Palm Beach), Chicago Tribune, Inc. (Sun-Sentinel’s City Link Magazine), and Palm Beach County’s Free Press magazine and performed her poetry on stages across the country. She has taught creative and academic writing at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Florida Atlantic University, Saddleback College, and many other colleges and schools, and as poet-in-residence at Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art.