Ashley Nebelsieck was born in Hyannis, Massachusetts. She graduated from Arizona State University with an undergraduate degree in Art and Religious Studies and has a Master’s in Counseling Psychology. Her credits include “The Backdoor to Enlightenment” (co-authored with Tibetan monk Za Rinpoche, Random House, 2008), and her work has been featured in Noble / Gas Quarterly, PoetryCircle's front page feature, the Baltimore Review, the Association of Writers’ Pedagogy Papers, and many others. She currently paints and writes in Phoenix, Arizona. Ashley wrote Life is Short as a special project for Typishly, for which we are grateful.