Suzanne S. Rancourt's book, Billboard in the Clouds, Curbstone Press, was the 2001 recipient of the Native Writers First Book Award. She is an Abenaki writer and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from Vermont College, Master of Science degree in Educational Psychology from SUNY, Albany, NY, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Expressive Arts: Therapy, Education, and Consulting from the European Graduate School, Switzerland. Suzanne is also a Certified Facilitator and Affiliate of Amherst Writers and Artists. She teaches writing to a variety of special populations: victims of domestic violence, women veterans, mental health, homeless women’s shelters, incarcerated women and men, learning disabled and others. She is ranked in Aikido, Iaido and is an Armed Services Veteran.