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CHERA HAMMONS has published three books of poetry, including The Traveler’s Guide to Bomb City, winner of the 2017 PEN Southwest Book Award. A fourth, Maps of Injury, is forthcoming from Sundress Publications. Hammons holds an MFA from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, and serves as the Writer-in-Residence at West Texas A&M University. She lives near Amarillo, Texas, with her husband, three cats, a dog, a rabbit, a donkey, and five horses. Monarchs of the Northeast Kingdom is her first novel.