A Stepmother Vows To Determine Her Origin by Lauren Berry

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Lauren Berry received a BA in creative writing from Florida State University and an MFA from the University of Houston, where she won the Inprint Verlaine Prize and served as poetry editor for Gulf Coast. From 2009 to 2010 she held the Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellowship at the Wisconsin Institute. Her first collection of poems, The Lifting Dress, was selected by Terrance Hayes to win the National Poetry Series and released by Penguin in 2011.  She currently teaches AP English Literature and English Four at Cypress Woods High School.