D.K. McCUTCHEN teaches writing for UMass Amherst’s College of Natural Sciences. Publications include THE WHALE ROAD, a Kiriyama Prize Notable Book & Pushcart nominee (creative non-fiction about sailing with whale researchers through the South Pacific to NZ), inclusion in several Fish Publishing Award anthologies for “The Glass Bitch,” “April Fool & The Feministas,” and “The Zen of Kakapo Poo,” writings in Fourth Genre, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Rosebud, Identity Theory, Lady Churchills’ Rosebud Wristlett (LCRW), The Mossy Skull , and others. She currently writes hopeful, gender-bender- post-apocalyptic-speculative-fiction, including JELLYFISH DREAMING (JFD) a Leapfrog Gobal Fiction YA Prizewinner judged by Rosanne Parry (!), and Massachusetts Cultural Council Finalist. The author lives on -- and swims in -- the cleanest watershed in Massachusetts with two brilliant daughters and a flightless Kiwi that followed her home from New Zealand (so she kept him).