Originally from Roswell, New Mexico, Jane Hammons has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 25 years. She teaches writing at UC Berkeley where she is the recipient of a Distinguished Teaching Award. Her writing appears in several anthologies including Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer (W. W. Norton) and The Maternal is Political: Women Writers at the Intersection of Motherhood and Social Change (Seal Press). She is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Award as well as a Derringer Award from the Short Mystery Fiction Society. She has published fiction and nonfiction in a variety of magazines and journals, such as Alaska Quarterly Review, Columbia Journalism Review, San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Southwestern American Literature and Word Riot. She has an essay forthcoming in California Prose Directory: New Writing from the Golden State and writes for the literary website, Bloom. Mind Stretch Contributor.