Francine Rubin is a graduate student at Columbia University, working towards becoming a certified high school English teacher. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College and a BA in Theater from Dartmouth College. When not studying or writing, Ms. Rubin may be found in a dance studio. She recently performed in site-specific work at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and for the last five years has taught ballet to children and adults throughout the Northeast. Her poetry has previously appeared in the Long Island Pulse.