Judith Dickerman-Nelson is a graduate of UMass Lowell and Emerson College. She has taught writing at the high school and college levels and has attended Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Vermont Studio Center. For 15 years, she worked at the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association in Lowell, Massachusetts, where her love for the Cambodian community grew. She has traveled to Cambodia, studied and performed traditional Cambodian dance, and begun to learn the Khmer language. Her poetry and prose have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Spirits Dancing Into Light is her first book of poems. Her memoir/novel, Believe in Me: A Teen Mom’s Story, was published by Jefferson Park Press in 2012. She lives in southern Vermont with her husband and has two grown sons.