River Maria Urke has the heart of a poet and the eyes of an artist. She is a teacher, speaker, and alchemist as well currently residing in River Falls, Wisconsin. River’s poetic writings and artistic touches reflect her diverse upbringing along with her Ojibwe roots and the ponderings she has being a forty something American mother living with the progression of Multiple Sclerosis. Often, she integrates her poetry and art into one artistic piece. Literary, River is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Stumbled & Standing and When Spirits Touch, and a non-fiction, Women’s Obsession with Shoes. She is a contributor in five anthologies including the 2014 St Paul Almanac and the 2017 Yellow Medicine Review. River won the 2013 Made Here poetry contest in Minneapolis and her words took stage in 2014 in The Blacker the Berry theatre performance. River is a member of the League of MN Poets. You can find information of River’s artistic endeavors on her website.