Jessica Lee Richardson (Jess/she/her+) is the author of the collection, It Had Been Planned and There Were Guides (FC2), which won the Sukenick Prize and was longlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Award. Her short work and novel-in-progress have enjoyed some delightful honors and stories have appeared or are forthcoming online in the Commuter at Electric Lit, evergreen, Gulf Coast, and other great places. She was born in New Jersey and is now an Associate Professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art. After living in Brooklyn and then the South for a decade, she can be found licking icicles and exclaiming about leaves with her partner, Yasu, and pup in crime, Aizen-Raisin-Roo.

*photo by Joel Brouwer