Claudine R. Moreau grew up in the coal-mined mountains of southwestern Pennsylvania. She attended schools in West Virginia and North Carolina where she studied physics and writing. Not afraid of hard work she’s had jobs as a dishwasher, a Harvard lung study field tech, a biscuit maker, a toilet cleaner, a waitress, a cafeteria lady, a peer review coordinator for NASA, a cement mixer, and a teacher. Claudine is currently in the Physics Department at Elon University located in the Piedmont region of North Carolina where she teaches physics and astronomy. She vows to never drive a minivan. Her poetry has appeared in Tar River Poetry, 34th Parallel, Neon, The GW Review, Segue, Oysters and Chocolate, Arsenic Lobster, MiPOesias, The Pinch, and Pivot. Her latest short story appeared in PANK. She won The Pinch 2011 literary award for her poem “Father-in-Law in his Tighty Whities” judged by Jeffrey McDaniel. Her poem “Upon Seeing an Ex-boyfriend in an After-Sex Scene on a Daytime Soap” won an Honorable Mention in the 2011 NC State Poetry Competition judged by Thomas Lux.