Claire Jussel is a first year MFA student from Boise, Idaho who has unwittingly lingered in the Midwest after studying history and English at St. Olaf College. She most recently worked at a children’s bookstore in Minneapolis, and previous places of work and fascination have included park-rangering in Wyoming, mending library books, and occasional lighthouse keeping. Primarily a poet, she also explores creative nonfiction and visual arts. Her work gravitates towards themes of place, home, memory, and connection with the natural world. Her work has appeared in West Trade Review, Black Fox Literary Magazine, CP Quarterly, and she serves as an associate poetry editor for West Trade Review.