Alene Terzian-Zeitounian received an M.A. and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing with an emphasis in poetry. In 2019, she went back to school to complete an EdD in Leadership and Innovation from ASU. She currently teaches creative writing and serves as the English Department Chair at College of the Canyons. She is also the faculty advisor of COC’s award-winning literary magazine, cul-de-sac. In addition to her work in academia, Alene as works as the Director of Operations at Culturally Intelligent Training and Consulting. Her first book, Deep as City’s Ache, explores the Lebanese Civil Conflict both environmentally and psychologically. Her poems have appeared in the Colorado Review, Mizna, Cordite, Levitate, Media Cake, Duende, and Rise Up Review, to name a few.