Author of the article

Russel Swensen (he/they) earned their MFA in fiction from the California Institute of the Arts and their doctorate in poetry from the University of Houston. They are the author of Santa Ana (2012) and The Magic Kingdom (2016). Their fiction and poetry have appeared in Black Clock, Quarterly West, Pank, Tusculum Review, Devil's Lake, The Rupture, The Carolina Quarterly, Reservoir Road, and elsewhere. They live in New Orleans with their catahoula dobie mix, Mazzy.