Penelope Gristelfink grew up in West Texas, but she moved to the Northeast at the age of eighteen. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa in 2005. She worked as a reporter for newspapers, writing mostly about crime, court cases, government corruption and waste, including some really gross, actual medical waste. Among her unfinished works is something called “Skip the Laundry; Turn Your Dirty Panties Inside Out: The Girls’ Guide to Police Reporting.” (She plans to let that one remain unfinished.) In 2013, she wrote for a Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The tropical surroundings and relentlessly sunny days disagreed with her prickly, East Coast nature, so she returned to the mainland United States a few years ago. She now lives outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her poetry, short stories and essays have been published in over a dozen literary journals. She currently teaches English as a second language and is working on her second novel.