There came a point when Jan Rog needed to start making public the words she would write privately, free from risk but also free from growth. Once she began, a creative non-fiction story about healing and a poem about teaching were published in different issues of Still Point Arts Quarterly. Active in both the Greater Kansas City Writing Project and Prairie Lands Writing Project, Jan works with other teachers from throughout Missouri, and these collaborations and opportunities led to publication of poems in Scintilla Magazine and The 2017 Poetry Marathon Anthology. Her favorite contributions have been working with students in literary festivals, summer camps, writing retreats, or the old-fashioned classroom. As a literature developmental composition teacher at MCC-Longview, she encourages inquiry, active dialogue, and ultimately love of learning in her courses. Daily writing is part of all her classes, and -- technology, time, and lesson planning permitting -- she writes alongside students, trying to keep a bit of humor and hope as they loop letters together.