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Heidi Elizabeth Blankenship is a poet, artist, ranger, and editor. She was born in northern Utah and grew up in Wellsville, Utah. She received a BS in English, Literary Studies from Utah State University in 1997 as well as an Area Studies Certificate in Literature, Culture, and the Environment. After college, she became a ranger and has worked for state and federal agencies on the Colorado Plateau and in the Sonoran Desert. In 2018 she became the poetry editor for Deep Wild Journal: Writing from the Backcountry. Heidi is the author of two books of poetry, Memorizing Shadows: Inspiration from the Arizona Trail (Shanti Arts, 2017) and Stone Wishes On the Colorado Plateau (Legacy Book Press, 2019).