Since the fifth grade, Al has been writing mediocre and pretentious poetry and agonizing over the fact that there’s no set formula to being a decent writer.

She has published two chapbook collections that are no longer in print (or existence unless someone somewhere still has a copy of them).

Etudes and Requiems is her current project, focused on the practice of writing poetry simply for poetry’s sake as well as working through the loss of relationships, dreams, goals, physical and mental health, and various person-hoods.

She currently resides in Southeast America with her husband and child, secretly wishing she could still be a professor of poetry at a small liberal arts college somewhere back in the Northeast or Midwest in between diaper changes.