Nicknamed “small but terrible” by her lola, Melissa R. Sipin currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and teaches creative writing at the Oakland School of the Arts. She co-edited Kuwento: Lost Things (Carayan Press 2014) and is Editor-in-Chief of TAYO Literary Magazine, and her work is in Prairie Schooner, Slice Literary Magazine, Guernica Magazine, Salon, and Black Warrior Review, among others. Her fiction has won Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open and the Washington Square Review’s Flash Fiction Prize, as well as scholarships/fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Poets & Writers Inc., Kundiman, VONA/Voices Writers’ Workshop, Squaw Valley’s Community of Writers, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She was recently shortlisted for the 2017 Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award and is hard at work on a novel. More at: