| Mindy Nettifee was born in Iowa but spent her formative years in Southern California. She has performed her work since the age of 13, sharpening her poetic chops among the once rowdy Orange County poetry community. She competed on three National Poetry Slam teams and coached the Orange County/Long Beach slam team in 2000 and 2001. She has toured across the US and Europe and served for four years as a member of the Tebot Bach's Five Penny Poets. She has published her work in various journals and magazines, and her poem "Metal Detectors and Other Important Thresholds" was a nominee for the Pushcart Prize. Her first full length collection entitled Sleepyhead Assassins is now out on Moon Tide Press.
Mindy has been called both a "beacon of brilliant" and a "freakishly prodigious wonderwoman," but the greatest compliment she has ever received was the little ditty that Rick Lupert wrote for her, based on the song her mother taught her when she was four to learn how to spell her last name. Google it. She can otherwise be reached through her website at www.thecultofmindy.com.