CHARLAINE COLEMAN is a transplanted native of Minnesota who arrived in San Diego on Christmas Day of 1983. Her career goal at age twelve was to become an author. Her first short story was written at the age of twelve. Her poetry was first published in 1967/1968. Charlaine earned a BA is Social Work from the University of Northern Iowa in 1973 and an MA in Sociology from Bowling Green State University in 1978. She has worked for over 20 years in the fields of teaching, community services and criminal justice, in addition to raising two children. In 1996 she returned to creative writing. She is a former member of the North County Writer's Guild. Several of her poems have appeared in the DRIFTWOOD HIGHWAY ANTHOLOGY and THE HORSE MIGHT TALK. She also created four series of poems for the dance performances of a local dance studio. The last of these was performed at the California Center for the Arts. Charlaine is one of the co-founders of SILK, a women's writing exercise group. She is also active in a monthly poets critique group and is presently a member of the steering committee for the Grand Avenue Writers' Collective.