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DAYNA PATTERSON is the author of Titania in Yellow, forthcoming from Porkbelly Press in 2019, and If Mother Braids a Waterfall, forthcoming from Signature Books in 2020. She is a co-editor (with Tyler Chadwick and Martin Pulido) of Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetryand she’s the founding editor-in-chief of Psaltery & LyreShe earned her MA in Literature from Texas State-San Marcos and her MFA in Creative Writing from Western Washington University, where she served as the managing editor of Bellingham Review. She was the poetry editor for Exponent II Magazine from January 2017–June 2019.

Her literary obsessions include poetry and spirituality, the feminine divine, motherhood and daughterhood, goddesses, witch lore, fairy tale, and women in Shakespeare. She is currently working on two poetry collections. The first, O Lady, Speak Again, houses poems that creatively reimagine female characters from Shakespeare’s work with a Post-Mormon feminist twist; the second, still untitled, is a series of poems delving into and playing with the Mormon concept of God the Mother.