Erica ShawEly Azure is a native Floridian and a veteran of the United States Air Force who has been conjuring imaginative tales as a storyteller since she was eleven years old. She loves the sounds of nature, traveling, and every color in the orange spectrum. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California-Riverside. Her short story “Never.Give.You.Up.” was selected as runner-up in Ragazine’s Speculative Fiction contest and was published in the March 2014 edition.  Also, her short story, “Strange Fruit in Pratt, Kansas” was chosen as a finalist in Glimmer Train Press’ 2012 June Fiction Open and she has had both poetry and creative nonfiction published in The Cypress Dome’s Spring 2011 issue.  Currently, she is a poetry reader for The Whistling Fire and has written professionally for both the Goodfellow Monitor— a military news publication and the ‘Teen Wrap’ section of The Florida Times-Union.