Emily Ruth Verona received her Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Cinema Studies from the State University of New York at Purchase. She is the recipient of the 2014 Pinch Literary Award in Fiction, a 2014 Jane Austen Short Story Award Finalist, and a Luke Bitmead Bursary Finalist. Previous publication credits include fiction featured in in The Pinch, Indigo Rising, and New Legends. Her essays and non-fiction have appeared on BUST.com and the Bookbub blog. She lives in New Jersey with a very small dog.