Mesha Maren’s debut novel, Sugar Run, is forthcoming from Algonquin Books in Spring 2018. Her short stories and essays appear in Tin HouseThe Oxford AmericanHobart, The Barcelona Review, Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial and other literary journals. She was chosen by Lee Smith as winner of the 2015 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and is the recipient of a 2014 Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, an Appalachian Writing Fellowship from Lincoln Memorial University and residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Ucross Foundation. She currently teaches fiction at the MFA program at West Virginia Wesleyan College and at the Beckley Federal Correctional Institution.