Carine Topal is a transplanted New Yorker living in the southern California desert. Her work has appeared in The Best of the Prose Poem, Greensboro Review, Spoon River Poetry Anthology, and many other journals and anthologies. Her second collection of poetry, Bed of Want, won the 2007 Robert G. Cohen Prose Poetry Award. Topal’s third collection, In the Heaven of Never Before, was published in 2008 by Moon Tide Press. She was recently awarded The Briar Cliff Review Award for Poetry and is the recipient of the Palettes and Quills 4th Biennial Chapbook Contest for her book Tattooed, which was published in late summer, 2015.