Jacqueline Vogtman won the 2021 Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Prize, and her book Girl Country and Other Stories will be published by Dzanc in spring 2023. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Copper Nickel, Emerson Review, Gargoyle Magazine, Hunger Mountain, Kestrel: A Journal of Literature and Art, Mud Season Review, Nelle, Relief: A Journal of Art and Faith, The Literary Review, Third Coast, Sierra Nevada Review, Smokelong Quarterly, and other journals. Her writing draws heavily on fabulism and magical realism while exploring gender, motherhood, class, nature, and faith. Born into a large working-class family, she worked a variety of jobs including cleaning churches and proofreading greeting cards before receiving her MFA from Bowling Green State University in 2010. She is currently Associate Professor of English at Mercer County Community College, where she edits the local literary magazine Kelsey Review and co-advises the student creative writing club. She has lived in New Jersey most of her life and currently resides in a small town surrounded by wildlife, which she explores with her husband, daughter, and dog. She can be found on Instagram @jacquelinevogtman.