Elise Ficarra is a Bay Area poet and writer. Her first book of poems, Swelter, won the Michal Rubin book award in 2005. Her second book, Begone, is nearing completion. She is a contributor to hinge, a boas anthology of experimental women writers, and former co-editor of the journal minor/American. Her poetry can be found in various publications including Birddog, Dusie, Octopus, 26, 14 Hills. She was an affiliate artist at Headlands Center for the Arts from June 2006-2008. In 2010 she edited and collaborated on the novel Jack Artist. She is associate director of The Poetry Center at SFSU, where she has taught creative writing and composition.