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 works as a special education consulting teacher in her local public school system. When she can’t be writing, she loves helping students fall in love with words, especially those who may have given up on them long ago. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. from Middle Tennessee State University in Literacy Studies.

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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