Gwen (94 of 116) editGwen 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 pursuing 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 Guernica, Mississippi ReviewNinth Letter, New Ohio Review, New Delta ReviewSmokeLong 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. “We Handle It” from New Ohio Review received a Pushcart Prize special mention. She has been awarded scholarships to the Rivendell Writers’ Colony and the Sundress Academy for the Arts.


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