Out of boredom and desperation, Anna C. Swain began rhyming aloud in the dark during late night feedings to soothe her infant daughter back to sleep. Rather than have her committed, her husband encouraged her to shower, then write down the rhyming couplets that became Animas Animal Adventures: Durango to Silverton. Having won poetry competitions in her youth and studied English literature at Sewanee: the University of the South, the poem formed rapidly, and Anna felt exhilaration in creating an artistic work that showed her daughter all the things she loves most about living in southwestern Colorado. Born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, Anna was always intrigued by the untamed adventure of the west, working for a summer in Alaska, moving to Wyoming at age twenty-three, and then settling in Durango, Colorado in 2010. Anna is a licensed attorney in Colorado and New Mexico, an artist, dog petter, community volunteer, and social media humorist. Her greatest nemesis is laundry.