Rachel McKibbens is the author of Pink Elephant (2009) and Into the Dark & Emptying Field (2013) a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize, as well as a chapbook Mammoth (2014.)  For four years, McKibbens taught poetry through the Healing Arts Program at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan and continues to teach poetry and creative writing and give lectures across the country as an advocate for mental health awareness, gender-equality and victims of violence and domestic abuse.