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THADRA SHERIDAN is a poet, essayist, teacher, and performer from Minneapolis, MN. She has been published in Moxie Magazine, Rattle, Specter, Talking Stick, and several anthologies. She has won awards for her writing from the Faulkner Society and the National League of American Pen Women, and has been featured on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, National Public Radio, UpWorthy, Button Poetry, and venues across the country, including San Quentin Penitentiary, where she scored serious points talking about her terrible taste in men. She has been a member of four National Slam Teams, was a recipient of the Jerome Foundation’s Verve Grant for spoken word, and writes a weekly column for the online Op-Ed magazine, Opine Season. She is currently working on a memoir and a series of essays. If it has hurt, she will find a way to laugh at it. She charges for pity, and she’s sick of waiting tables.