Jaime Lee Jarvis left southern California in 1998 to be a Peace Corps volunteer in a small town outside Bukhara, Uzbekistan. She has not worked for the federal government since returning to the US, though she now spends hours without number editing proposals directed at one of its agencies. Other hours, she serves on the board of Split This Rock. Her poem “Aral” was the Split This Rock Poem of the Week in November 2010. Jarvis has a master’s degree in technical and professional writing. She lives in Washington, DC.