Lee Conell is the author of the story collection Subcortical (Johns Hopkins University Press, November 2017), which was awarded The Story Prize Spotlight Award and an Independent Publisher Book 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 and was listed as a Distinguished Story in Best American Short Stories 2016. She has taught writing at Vanderbilt University, SUNY New Paltz, the Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference, the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital, and the Nashville Public Library. She currently is a lecturer in creative writing at Vanderbilt University. She is at work on a novel.