Christy Burbidge, a Massachusetts native, is a recipient of the Reader's Favorite 5 star award for her first children's book entitled "Paulie the Piping Plover's Merry Misfits: A Martha's Vineyard Tale." All of her books explore the intersection of animal advocacy, wildlife conservation, and mental health. Christy has been Associate Copy Editor for Better Than Starbucks Poetry & Fiction Journal since 2019. Her other work has been published in over a dozen literary journals and magazines, including Akitsu Quarterly and First Literary Review-East. Her flash fiction story, "Validation Bay," was featured in the Summer 2021 edition of Otherwise Engaged: Literature and Arts Journal, available on Amazon. Christy has an MSW from Simmons University (2004), a PhD in Expressive Therapies from Lesley University (2012), and works as a clinical coordinator of a therapeutic program at a high school outside of Boston.