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     Jessica Dainty


About the Author

Jessica Dainty is a native New Englander who has bounced back and forth to Tennessee over the past 30 years. Currently residing in Middle Tennessee, Jessica has worked for over 10 years in education and literacy. She currently serves as the dyslexia coordinator for the Tennessee Department of Education. She holds a Ph.D. in Literacy Studies from Middle Tennessee State University.

She received her undergraduate from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a concentration in Creative Writing. She started in poetry and took a fiction class for the simple reason that it terrified her. After her first fiction workshop, she never looked back, though her poetry roots are known to poke through on the page. She continued on to earn her MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she studied with Hester Kaplan, AJ Verdelle, and Rachel Kadish, among others. Her short stories have been published in various places, including SNReview, Scholars & Rogues, and Fiction Weekly. She is represented by Linda Camacho of Gallt and Zacker.

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