Mary Stone Hanley received a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction in multicultural education and drama from the University of Washington, Seattle. From 1996 to 2012, she taught arts education and critical multicultural education courses at Antioch University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and George Mason University. She has written and performed poetry for decades and created poetry workshops in higher education and in various communities to stimulate creative and critical thinking about issues of race, class, and social justice. Her poetry has been published in educational journals such as Cultural Studies-Critical Methodologies, International Journal of Education and the Arts, and The Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy. She is currently an MFA student in Creative Writing at American University.