Michele Valenti earned a BFA from Roger Williams University and an MFA from Minnesota State University Moorhead. His work has been published by Weber: The Contemporary West, Hawk & Handsaw, accepted to the 2012 Bread Loaf/Orion Environmental Writer’s Conference, and accepted to the 2017 ASLE Conference. He is a winner of the 2016-17 Loft Minneapolis Mentor Series in Fiction. His writing focuses on the peculiar power of a natural environment to shape identity, strengthen bonds, and to hold our collective memories.