Aleyna Rentz is a fiction writer from rural Southwest Georgia, where she grew up with her six brothers and sisters. She now lives in Baltimore and teaches creative writing at Johns Hopkins University, from which she recently received an MFA in creative writing. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net Anthology, and one of her stories will appear in the Best Microfiction 2020 anthology. She also won first place in Pleiades‘ 2019 R.M. Kinder Realistic Fiction contest, and third place in Glimmer Train‘s Jan/Feb 2018 Short Story Award for New Writers. She currently serves as senior fiction reader for Salamander Magazine and is a reader for the Wigleaf Top 50.