Michèle Betty is the founder of Dryad Press (Pty) Ltd, an independent press dedicated to the promotion and publication of poetry in South Africa. She has a BA LLB from the University of Witwatersrand and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town (cum laude). Her poems have appeared in journals both in South Africa and abroad and have been anthologised in The Live Canon International Poetry Competition Anthology, The Sol Plaatjie European Union Anthology and most recently in The New Century of South African Poetry (Jonathan Ball, 2018). Her debut collection, Metaphysical Balm was published in March 2017 and was shortlisted for the 2018 Ingrid Jonker Prize. Her second collection, Dark Horse, is forthcoming from Dryad Press in 2021.