Claire Lombardo is a 2017 graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and has been the recipient of an Iowa Arts Fellowship and a Sun Valley Writers' Conference Fellowship. She is currently an adjunct professor of creative writing at the University of Iowa, and she also teaches fiction writing at the Iowa Young Writers' Studio. Her short fiction has appeared in, among others, Barrelhouse Magazine, Little Fiction, and Longform. Her short story, "I Only Want to Talk About the Nice Things," was one of 2016's Best of the Net, and was #1 on Longform's 2015 fiction list. Before pursuing her MFA in fiction, Claire was employed as a paralegal, a nanny, a temp, and a staff writer at a woodwind non-profit. She has half of a master's degree in social work. Born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois, she now lives in Iowa City, where she is at work on a second novel.