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 a PhD from 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. This year, she is the fifty-first George Bennett Fellow at Phillips Exeter Academy.
Her stories appear or are forthcoming in One Story, Tin House online, Guernica, Mississippi Review, Ninth Letter, Blackbird, SmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere. Guest editor Aimee Bender selected her story “Shit Cassandra Saw . . .” for Best Small Fictions 2018 and it also appears in the 2018 Wigleaf Top 50. Her story “Midwestern Girl Is Tired of Appearing in Your Short Stories” won the 2017 DISQUIET Literary Prize for Fiction. She has received two Pushcart Prize special mentions and has been awarded scholarships to the Rivendell Writers’ Colony and the Sundress Academy for the Arts.