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Gail Gunnarson Schimmelpfennig was born in Ogden, Utah, and graduated from Ogden High. She began college as an English major at Weber State College, and completed it at the same place (by then Weber State University) many years later. Her first book, The Frozen Kingdom, was awarded the Pearle M. Olsen Publication Award from the Utah State Poetry Society in 2009, and was a finalist for the Utah Book Award in 2010. She has been published in The Wise Mother, Nine-One-One, Metaphor, Utah Sings Vol. VIII, The Leader, and Let’s Celebrate. Her interests include anthropology, skiing, hiking, basketry, painting on silk, and any kind of needlework except crochet. She is a 25-year volunteer with Girl Scouts of Utah.