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Leanne Grabel is a special education and language arts teacher for Portland Public Schools, as well as a performing poet and co-founder of Portland’s legendary poetry cafe, Cafe Lena. Grabel has procured numerous multi-media arts grants over the years to produce spoken-word-based theatrical events that incorporate movement, music and image-“The Lighter Side of Chronic Depression”; “Anger: the Musical” and “The Circus of Anguish and Mirth” among them. Her memoir Brontosaurus waspublished in 2012. She also has a handful of graphic poetry chapbooks in circulation, some of which have been published here (The Family Fate Ate, On the Road to the Black Abyss). The Last Weekend of SylviaPlath is one of a triptych of graphic chapbooks celebrating the tragic lives of the groundbreaking poets, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton and Dorothy Parker. The other two, Anne Sexton Was A Sexpot and A Sad Story About A Big Brain, will be published in future issues of ink|art. Grabel is also completing a full-length manuscript of prose poems called Gold Shoes in which she is experimenting with shape and unusual punctuation in a complete English teacher’s rebellion against form and structure. leannegrabel.com.