Gwen E. Kirby is a writer, editor, and teacher. She hails from San Diego and is a proud graduate of Carleton College. She has an MFA from Johns Hopkins University and is currently pursing her PhD at the University of Cincinnati. During the summer, you can find her in Tennessee working as fiction faculty at the Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference and staff at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.
Her stories appear in Mississippi Review, Ninth Letter, Midwestern Gothic, New Ohio Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere, and have been finalists for the Zoetrope: All Story and Narrative short story competitions. Her story “Midwestern Girl Is Tired of Appearing in Your Short Stories” won the 2017 DISQUIET Literary Prize for Fiction and is forthcoming in Guernica.