Jen Ippensen has writing in or forthcoming in The Flat Water Rises: An Anthology of Short Fiction by Emerging Nebraska Writers, Every Day Fiction, Midwestern Gothic, and Collective Unrest, among other places. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Nebraska and was a Mari Sandoz Emerging Writer in 2018. She earned a BA in theatre from Doane College and spent several years performing, stage managing, and directing before completing the transition to teaching program and later earning an MAEd in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in English through the University of Nebraska. She is a certified educator in the state of Nebraska and has spent considerable time teaching language arts classes, coaching competitive speech teams, and directing plays. She currently serves as a reader for TheatreMidwest. Originally from Worms, Nebraska, she has lived and worked in many places, from New York City to large and small towns in the Midwest. She now resides with her family in Norfolk, Nebraska, where she writes literary fiction, creative non-fiction, and the occasional poem; consumes dark chocolate, hazelnut coffee, and copious amounts of cheese; and fosters an obsession with the color black.