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Melissa McKinstry and Doug Kipperman began their relationship working with students to create a high school literary magazine. Through their writing and design collaborations, they developed respect for each other's skills, work ethic, and joy of teaching, and they’ve been creating together now for over 30 years. They continue to endeavor to make the world a little better place to live for themselves and others.

Melissa grew up on small farms outside of Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, watching how things grow and how people take care of each other in small communities. Her grandfather, parents, and teachers encouraged her love of reading and writing, and she, in turn, shared those passions with high school students for many years. She holds a degree in English from the University of Washington. She is currently a student in the MFA poetry program at Pacific University. Her poetry has appeared in The Seattle Review and Quaint Canoe, is currently on the map at EcoPoetry Washington for Seattle and Enumclaw, and is forthcoming in r.kv.r.y and the first issue of Heirlock.

Doug grew up in Coronado, California, learning the family clothing business which exposed him to a variety of worldviews and aesthetics. Eventually he left the business to attend and graduate from Art Center College of Design, leading to his work as freelance graphic design in New York City, Denver, and San Diego. Later he taught design, art, and earned a Masters in Educational Technology from San Diego State University.

To read some of Melissa's love for words go to: Granada Kitchen Dance Blog | Poet Tree

To see more of Doug's art work go to: Beginning Sketchbook | Collaborations | Crayon Drawings | Experiment | Sketchbook | Stained Glass

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