JESS BURNQUIST was raised in Tempe, Arizona. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Time.com, NPR.org, Jezebel, Persona, Clackamas Literary Review, Natural Bridge and various online and print journals. She is a recipient of the Joan Frazier Memorial Award for the Arts at ASU. Jess currently teaches high school in San Tan Valley, and has been honored with a Sylvan Silver Apple Award. She resides in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area with her husband, son, and daughter.