Jessica Lee Richardson, a New Jersey native, lived in Brooklyn and performed Off-Broadway and elsewhere for years before earning her MFA in fiction from the University of Alabama. Her short story collection, It Had Been Planned and There Were Guides (FC2, 2015), was published soon after. It won the Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize and was longlisted for a PEN/Robert W. Bingham award in 2016. Stories and poems also won awards from the National Society of Arts and Letters and the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum and have been featured online at The Short Form and Ploughshares. Her fictions have appeared in some great journals. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Coastal Carolina University and working on a novel about emotional contagion and weather. Her and her dog June live on the intracoastal waterway. They are visited occasionally by turtles, herons, gators, foxes, frogs, swans, mud salamanders and humans.