Anya Groner teaches writing at Loyola University in New Orleans. She received her MFA in fiction from the University of Mississippi where she was a John and Renee Grisham Fellow, and her writing has since appeared in journals including Guernica, The Oxford American, The Rumpus, The Atlantic, and Meridian, who awarded her the 2014 Editor’s prize in fiction. Before getting her MFA, Anya taught health education for Planned Parenthood and worked for a non-profit which advocated on behalf of homeless and low-income residents of Poughkeepsie, New York. In addition to short stories, essays, and poetry, Anya is finishing a novel about teenage twin sisters and eco-terrorism set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The first chapter appeared in the Fall/Winter edition of the journal Ninth Letter and a later chapter is available at Terrain.org.