JILL KANDEL grew up in North Dakota, riding her Appaloosa bareback across the prairie. She has lived and worked in Zambia, Indonesia, England, and in the Netherlands. She now lives with her husband and children in Minnesota where she teaches creative writing and essay. Every Friday she goes to a county jail where she teaches journal writing to female inmates.
Kandel was the winner of Autumn House's 2014 Nonfiction Contest for her book SO MANY AFRICAS: SIX YEARS IN A ZAMBIAN VILLAGE. Her work has been anthologized in Best Spiritual Writing 2012 and in Becoming: What Makes a Woman. Her essays have been published in The Missouri Review, Gettysburg Review, River Teeth, Pinch, Image and Brevity.
LORI JAKIELA is the author of the memoirs The Bridge to Take When Things Get Serious (C&R Press) and Miss New York Has Everything (Hatchette), as well as the poetry collection Spot the Terrorist (Turning Point). Her limited-edition poetry chapbooks include The Regulars (Liquid Paper Press/winner of The Nerve Cowboy Chapbook competition); The Mill Hunk's Daughter Meets the Queen of Sky (Finishing Line); and Red Eye (Pudding House). Her third memoir -- Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe -- is being released from Atticus Books this Spring.
Her writing has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Quarterly, The Rumpus, Brevity, Superstition Review, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Fourth River and more.