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Mariela Hernandez reads "For the Skunk Who Lives in the Woodpile I Pass on My Morning Walk" by Sunni Brown Wilkinson

Mariela Hernandez
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Derek Sheffield
Mariela Hernandez

A tribute to the perfumed, mysterious "Greta Garbo / of the neighborhood"

Mariela Hernandez is an incoming freshman at the University of Washington. She completed her AA at Wenatchee Valley College, where she took a poetry class with Derek Sheffield. She enjoys creative activities and listening to music during her free time.

Derek Sheffield is a professor of English at Wenatchee Valley College and serves as poetry editor for He co-edited the Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, Poetry along with Elizabeth Bradfield and CMarie Fuhrman. Learn more about him by visiting his website.