Melinda A. Smith, PhD, (she/her) is a scientist by training and a writer at heart. She loves poetry and prose about everything from brain cells to the universe and in between. Her first novella, Sum was published in 2022 (Ellipsis Imprints) and she has roughly a thousand more poems and stories in her. Under the artist name Iambic Beats, she produces albums that feature spoken word poetry and original electronic music. Other times, you’ll catch her boxing, doing karate, painting, playing guitar, or driving a kid somewhere. Find her on Twitter (@sciencegeekmel) and at sciencegeekmel.com and iambicbeats.com.