Lee Conell is the author of the story collection Subcortical (Johns Hopkins University Press, November 2017), which was awarded The Story Prize Spotlight Award, an Independent Publisher Book Award, and an American Fiction Award. Her short fiction appears or is forthcoming in the Oxford American, the Chicago Tribune, Kenyon Review online, Guernica, The Collagist, Glimmer Train, and elsewhere. She has received creative writing fellowships from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Vanderbilt University, and the Yiddish Book Center. Her story “The Lock Factory” was awarded the grand prize in the Chicago Tribune‘s Nelson Algren Literary Arts contest. She currently is a lecturer in creative writing at Vanderbilt University and a faculty member in the Creative Writing MFA program at the Sewanee School of Letters. Her novel The Party Upstairs is forthcoming from Penguin Press.