Heather Houde is a Philadelphia-based visual artist, writer, and translator. Her first book of short stories, titled Thin Skinned, will be published in Fall 2021 by Puerto Rico/Philadelphia-based editorial Antípoda. Her story “The Battered Madonna” was featured in A Gathering of the Tribes magazine. She is currently working on a comic book of poetry, slated to be published in 2022. She teaches English as a Second Language to adults at the Free Library of Philadelphia, where she is lucky to share her love of reading, writing, and language everyday.