Dawna Kemper lives on the northwestern edge of Los Angeles with a view of the Simi Hills and the howls of local coyotes slipping into her dreams. Her short fiction has appeared in The Kenyon Review, ZYZZYVA, Colorado Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Idaho Review, Quarterly West, Santa Monica Review, and The Collagist, among other journals, and her stories have twice been listed as Notable in The Best American Nonrequired Reading. She earned her M.F.A. at Antioch University, Los Angeles. For several years she was on the editorial staff of the Santa Monica Review, and served for two years as a judge for the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. In addition to teaching, she works as a freelance editor of fiction and creative nonfiction/memoir, and also, occasionally, makes art.