Laura Schmitt and Chris Vanjonack


Laura Schmitt holds a BA in journalism and English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MFA in Creative Writing from Hollins University. She is the winner of the 2022 Francine Ringold Award for New Writers and the 2021 Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference Short Fiction Contest, and her stories appear or are forthcoming in Nimrod, Grist, and The Boiler. Her work has received support from the Tin House Winter Workshop, Write On Door County Residency, and the Eudora Welty Foundation. She currently works as an editorial intern for Tin House and as an indie bookseller in East Nashville.

Chris Vanjonack is a writer and educator from Fort Collins, Colorado. He holds an MFA from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and he currently serves as an editorial intern for Electric Literature, as well as the Book Reviews editor for Quarterly West. He is a recipient of an AWP Intro Journals Award, and his fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in One Story, Ninth Letter, Barrelhouse, DIAGRAM, The Rumpus, CRAFT Literary, and elsewhere. Find him on Twitter @chrisvanjonack and read more at