Martha Shelley, a self-described “red-diaper baby” and longtime feminist activist, was raised in a Jewish home. As a child at Passover, she “always wanted to ask the Four Questions, but I wasn’t a youngest son or any kind of son at all.” She has authored two books of poetry, Crossing the DMZ and Lovers and Mothers. Her short stories, essays, and poems have appeared in numerous anthologies. She has conducted extensive research on the lives of women in the ancient and modern Middle East. She now lives in Portland.