Tamie Parker Song is an essayist and improviser who grew up between Jerusalem, Alaska, and the American Midwest. A recent essay, “The Fifth Direction,” won the 2020 Terrain Editors’ Choice Award for Nonfiction. Another essay, “Manhandled,” was shortlisted in Best American Essays 2016. She has been published in New Ohio Review, terrain.org, The Baltimore Review, Selkie Zine, Literal Latte, The Episcopal Cafe, and KQED, and her photos were published in Spiritus, a journal out of Johns Hopkins University Press. She is a punishment abolitionist, a believer in the transformational capacities of ordinary humans, and she loves walking very much. Tamie has an MFA from the University of Southern Maine, and an MSW from the Silberman School of Social Work in New York City.