SHERYL MONKS is the former co-owner and editor of Press 53, an independent literary publisher which she helped to establish in Winston-Salem, NC. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Queens University of Charlotte and a BA in English from Salem College. Her fiction has earned a Northwest NC Regional Artist's Project Grant and the Reynolds Price Short Fiction Award, judged by Shannon Ravenel. Her short stories and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Black and Grey Magazine, The Greensboro Review, the Writer's Chronicle, Midwestern Gothic, Night Train, storySouth, RE:AL--Regarding Arts and Letters, Backwards City Review, Southern Gothic online, Surreal South, Fried Chicken and Coffee, and elsewhere. She teaches English and humanities courses (Southern and Appalachian Culture studies) at Wilkes Community College. She lives with her husband Bruce and their dog Lincoln in the foothills of North Carolina, where she is currently working on a novel.