Bridget Mendel is the Program Manager at the University of Minnesota’s Bee Squad. She takes care of bees, teaches classes for beekeepers and the public, and manages interdisciplinary, pollinator-focused programs. She also writes grants and communications for Bee Squad's programs and research projects. Outside of Bee Squad, she teaches creative writing to college students. Her own work has appeared in DUSIE, Noo Journal, Beekeeper’s Quarterly, and Nous Zot Press. Bridget is the recipient of a Minnesota Emerging Writers Grant, and holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Minnesota.