Becky Mandelbaum is the author of Bad Kansas, which received the 2016 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Missouri Review, The Georgia Review, The Rumpus, Necessary FictionGreat Jones Street, Hobart, Salt Hill, Juked, South Dakota ReviewMidwestern GothicMcSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Kansas City Voices. Originally from Kansas, she currently lives in Washington's Skagit Valley.