Chelsea Voulgares grew up in a Rust Belt town in Ohio, trapping lightning bugs and singing in the show choir. Now she lives in the Chicago suburbs, where she’s just completed her first novel. Her stories have been published in journals such as Passages North, New World Writing, gravel, Midwestern Gothic, and Jellyfish Review, and she has been recognized by a number of organizations and magazines including The Hambidge Center, Glimmer Train, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Illinois Arts Council. Her story “Run” was longlisted for the Wigleaf Top 50 (Very Short Fictions) of 2020, and her story “Hotbox” was longlisted in 2019. She holds an MA from The Ohio State University and is the Editor in Chief of the literary journal Lost Balloon.