Risa Denenberg is an itinerant aging hippy currently living a solitary life in Tacoma, Washington. She earns her keep as a nurse practitioner and freelance medical writer. She has written poems since childhood, some of which have been published here and there. More importantly, she reads poetry ravenously. She is drawn to themes of suffering and death and their intersections with medicine, art and religion. Risa blogs about poetry, aging, death and other matters at risaden: a piece a day and posts a daily poem at Word Poems.