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Natalie Sypolt lives and writes in West Virginia.  She is the author of The Sound of Holding Your Breath, a collection of stories (Vandalia/WVU Press, 2018).  Additionally, she serves as a literary editor for the Anthology of Appalachian Writers, has been on the selection committee for the prestigious Weatherford Award in Fiction, and participates in Women of Appalachia (a juried reading series).  Natalie currently works as an Assistant Professor at Pierpont Community & Technical College. She lives with some hound dogs and cats.  Visit her online at



Melissa Minsker earned her MFA in Creative Writing from West Virginia University in 2005.  She has published work in the Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Still:  The Journal, and at luna luna magazine.  For the last 10 months, she has been traveling the United States in a camper van.  Visit her online (and follow her travels) at

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