Lynne Thompson’s Beg No Pardon won the Perugia Press Prize in 2007 and the Great Lakes Colleges New Writers Award in 2008. She’s also the author of Start With A Small Guitar (2013) and Fretwork (2019), winner of the Marsh Hawk Poetry Prize. Her next book, Blue on a Blue Palette, will be out with BOA Editions in 2024. Among other awards, Thompson received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the City of Los Angeles, the Tucson Literary Festival Poetry Prize, served as the LA Poet Laureate in 2021-2022, and was a Poet Laureate Fellow of the Academy of American Poets. Thompson serves on the boards of Cave Canem and the Los Angeles Review of Books. To learn more about her work, visit: lynnethompson.us.