Lydia is a doctoral candidate in English specializing in Victorian literature and disability studies. She received her BA in English literature from Montana State University. She studies grief and mourning and the shared language of grief and disability. She is currently working on a doctoral dissertation about overlooked First World War-era women poets and their experiences of grief, the trauma of loss, and their connections to disability. Passionate about changing the societal narrative of death, Lydia plans to collaborate with Iowa City Hospice with the knowledge she acquires through the Graduate Institute.