Michelle Bitting's first collection Good Friday Kiss (2008, C & R Press) was chosen by Thomas Lux as the winner of the DeNovo First Book Award. Her second collection, Notes To The Beloved (2012, SPC Press) won the Sacramento Poetry Center Book Award and received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews A fourth generation Angeleno, Michelle grew up in Los Angeles near the ocean. She studied theatre, wrote poems, danced and played music as an undergraduate. She has been a line-cook, chef, outreach worker and pre-school assistant, and has taught poetry in the U.C.L.A. Writer's Program, at Twin Towers prison, and as a devoted California Poet In The Schools. A mother of two, she is married to the actor Phil Abrams.