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Becky Mandelbaum is the author of BAD KANSAS, which received the 2016 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the 2018 High Plains Book Award for First Book, and was a Kansas Notable Book in 2018. Her debut novel, THE BRIGHT SIDE SANCTUARY FOR ANIMALS, is forthcoming from Simon & Schuster in summer 2020.

Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in One Story, The Sun, Prairie Schooner, The Missouri Review, The Georgia Review, The Rumpus, Necessary Fiction, Hobart, Electric Literature, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and has been featured on Medium. She has received fellowships from Writing by Writers, a residency from The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and was a finalist for the 2019 Disquiet Literary Prize in Fiction.

Originally from Kansas, she currently lives in Bellingham, Washington.