Brenda Iijima grew up in the hilly town of North Adams, Massachusetts. She is the author of Around Sea (O Books), Animate, Inanimate Aims (Litmus Press), revv. you’ll—ution (Displaced Press) and If Not Metamorphic (Ahsahta Press) as well as numerous chapbooks and artist’s books. She is also the editor of )((eco(lang)(uage(reader)) (Nightboat Books and PP@YYL). Currently she is working on a body of work titled Some Simple Things Said by and About Humans—a chronicle of how humans have used animals as surrogates. She is also doing research on women who were murdered in North Adams during the 1970’s when she was growing up there. She is the editor of Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs (http://yoyolabs.com/).