The Greenleaf Review and the English Department were honored to have visiting poet Maria Melendez give a poetry reading on March 12th. Maria Melendez is the author of two collections of poetry from University of Arizona Press: How Long She’ll Last in This World (2006), a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award, and Flexible Bones (2010), a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. Her poetry has been featured in Poetry Daily, Orion, and in The Language of Conservation exhibition at Milwaukee County Zoo. Her essays appear in Ms. Magazine, Sojourns and elsewhere. Her poetry and essays are widely anthologized, appearing in Sisters of the Earth: Women’s Prose & Poetry About Nature, and in Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity & the Natural World, among other venues, and NPR’s American Democracy Project broadcast several of her essays on arts & activism. She has taught creative writing as a fellow at the Saint Mary’s College Center for Women’s InterCultural Leadership, where she co-curated the interdisciplinary exhibit, Poetas y Pintores: Artists Conversing with Verse. She currently lives in Pueblo, CO, where she edits Pilgrimage, a literary magazine emphasizing the themes of spirit, witness and place.