Jalina Mhyana is an American expat author of two books of poetry, Spikeseed and The Wishing Bones, the latter shortlisted and published by Pudding House Press. Mhyana, the Director of Poetry Readings at Oxford University’s Ashmolean Museum, holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Bennington College. She is pursuing a Diploma in the History of Art at Oxford University where she was awarded a Dr. Sue Holman Travel Grant to study early modern talismans in Vienna. She was a finalist “Spotlight Writer” in Eclectica‘s summer 2014 issue for her creative nonfiction essay on ekphrasis in Venetian Renaissance painting. Mhyana lives along the Thames in Oxford, England where she’s learning to charm bees. Please visit her at jalina.co.uk.