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Nikki Thompson is a poet, book artist (aka Deconstructed Artichoke Press), and happily failed architect. She fled Southern California for UC Berkeley, where she earned a degree in architecture and edited Berkeley Fiction Review. She remained in the Bay Area and earned her MFA in creative writing from CCA(C) in 2002. She has worked extensively with Small Press Traffic and the San Francisco Center for the Book. She currently teaches special education at South San Francisco Unified School District, while residing in San Francisco's Mission District with her pitbull, Billie Holiday.