Lynn Marie Houston founded Five Oaks Press in 2014 and continues to serve as its editor in chief. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Arizona State University and an MFA from Southern Connecticut State University. Her poems have achieved distinction in contests sponsored by the Eric Hoffer Awards (1st runner up in the 2018 poetry category and a Montaigne Medal Finalist), The Heartland Review Press, Tom Howard/Margaret Reid, Main Street Rag Publishing (the Cathy Smith Bowers contest), Press 53/Prime Number Magazine, Whispering Prairie Press, the Broad River Review (the Rash Award), Brain Mill Press, and Cultural Weekly. Her first book of poetry, The Clever Dream of Man (Aldrich Press, 2015), won 1st prize in the Connecticut Press Club’s statewide literary competition and went on to take 2nd place with the National Federation of Press Women. It was also a finalist for an Indie Excellence Award and named in the top 30 debut “must-read” titles of 2015 by LitHub. She has since published Chatterbox (Word Poetry Books), The Mauled Keeper (Main Street Rag), and Unguarded (Heartland Review Press). In 2018, she held an artist’s fellowship through the Connecticut Office of the Arts. Lynn Houston also serves as a voting member on the National Book Critics Circle.