Jacqueline Vogtman won the 2021 Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Prize, and her book Girl Country will be published by Dzanc in spring 2023. Her fiction has appeared in Hunger Mountain, Permafrost, The Literary Review, Third Coast, Smokelong Quarterly, and other journals. Her writing draws on elements of magical realism and speculative fiction 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.