Valerie Vogrin is the author of the novel Shebang. Her collection Things We’ll Need for the Coming Difficulties was awarded the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction and is forthcoming from Willow Springs Press. Her short stories have appeared in journals such as Ploughshares, AGNI, and The Los Angeles Review, and in The Best Small Fictions 2015. She teaches creative writing at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She lives with her husband, dog, and cat on a tiny unnamed lake in Moro, Illinois.