Laura Hope-Gill lives in Asheville, NC, with her family and six pets. She directs the M.A. in Writing Program and Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative at Lenoir-Rhyne University’s graduate campus in Asheville and also is the founding director of Asheville Wordfest, a poetry, prose, and storytelling festival. Her poems, fiction, and Creative Nonfiction have appeared in Parabola, North Carolina Literary Review. Missouri Review, Cairn, Chattahoochee Review, and other kind journals. She was diagnosed with degenerative hearing loss in her early 30s and enjoys writing within and around the metaphors of silence and deafness (at least now that she’s used to it). Her poem in Typishly is one of these.