Natalie Martínez is a poet at heart and scholar of rhetorical studies. She received her BA in Literature from Westminster College, MA in English Studies from Western Washington University, and her PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and Linguistics from Arizona State University. In 2008 she was a CCCCs Scholar for the Dream Award Recipient, for emerging scholars from historically underrepresented groups. In 2009 she was a RSA Queering Rhetorical Studies Workshop Participant at Penn State University. Her research and writing has focused on the rhetoric of anger and melancholia among queer latin@ writers and activists and the productive ways those emotions have been mobilized. This is Natalie’s 12th year teaching at the college level, and her fourth year at Bellevue College. She loves teaching, as her students teach and inspire her daily.