Frankie Drayus lives for the feel of words in her mouth. She has featured at numerous venues including the Seattle Poetry Festival, Beyond Baroque, and The World Stage, and has read at hundreds of open mics from Los Angeles to New York City. She has published two chapbooks, all the maybes shift to yes and Ceci n'est pas Magritte, and a spoken word CD, Naked Voice Only. Her poems and art have appeared in ART/LIFE, Vox Populi, and Beyond the Valley of the Contemporary Poets. Frankie is a co-director of the poetry nonprofit Valley Contemporary Poets and a frequent contributor to Her poem, "Yielding," has been optioned for dramatization as a screenplay and is currently a film project at the Canadian Film Centre. This fall she will begin the MFA program in poetry at NYU.