Lara Messersmith-Glavin is an educator, writer, organizer, and compulsive doodler and finger-tapper who lives in Portland, Oregon, with the partner of her dreams and a very obese cat. She is also a lapsed filmmaker/photographer, a dedicated martial artist and bicyclist, and an exuberant vegetarian cook. Her writing appears in a number of blogs, including one she wrote during a year in China, and a commercial site showcasing wild Alaskan seafood recipes and industry news. She grew up on boats in Kodiak, Alaska, and has lived on four continents and in a zillion apartments. She gets tired of moving her books around.