Mesha Maren is the author of the novel Sugar Run. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Tin House, The Oxford American, The Guardian, The Southern Review, Ecotone, and others, as well as in Hobart, Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial, and elsewhere. She was the recipient of the 2015 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, a 2014 Elizabeth George Foundation grant, an Appalachian Writing Fellowship from Lincoln Memorial University, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Ucross Foundation. She was the 2018-2019 Kenan Visiting Writer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is an Assistant Professor of the Practice of Creative Writing at Duke University. She also serves as a National Endowment of the Arts Writing Fellow at the federal prison camp in Alderson, West Virginia.