Vishishta is a California native who prefers to think of herself as a student of the world. She has lived and worked in coastal areas, watching tides and stars for clues and meaning. Poetry, for her, is a way to find alchemy in words, the exact stating of such, a way of magic. "Something well stated allows the concept to "disappear" and then, a choice occurs, do you wish to re-create it or not? So these poems are both psychological and spiritual."