Shawn Aveningo Sanders is a globally published, award-winning poet who can’t stand the taste of coconut, eats pistachios daily and loves shoes … especially red ones! ( Shawn’s work has appeared in over 100 literary journals and anthologies. She’s a Pushcart nominee, Best of the Net nominee, co-founder of The Poetry Box®, managing editor for The Poeming Pigeon®, and was named Best Female Poet-Performer in Sacramento News & Review Reader Poll in 2009. Shawn is a proud mother of three and shares the creative life with her husband in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon. Shawn is a survivor of rape.