A native of Traverse City, Stephanie Carpenter holds an MFA from Syracuse University and a PhD in English and Creative Writing from the University of Missouri. Her first book, Missing Persons, won the 2017 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction and was released in Fall 2017. Her work has appeared in The Missouri Review, Witness, Nimrod, Big Fiction, The Crab Orchard Review and elsewhere. Stephanie has received fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, as well as numerous artists’ residencies. She currently teaches creative writing and literature at Michigan Tech University.