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Theodora Ziolkowski is the author of On the Rocks, winner of a 2018

Next Generation Indie Book Award, and Mother Tongues, winner of

The Cupboard's 2015 Contest. A Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets nominee, her poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in many journals and magazines, including Glimmer Train, The Writer's Chronicle, and Short Fiction (England).


Theodora has served as Poetry Editor for Gulf Coast, Fiction Editor for Big Fiction, and Assistant Poetry Editor for Black Warrior Review, and her work has received support from the Vermont Studio Center, the National Alumni Association (University of Alabama), and Inprint (Houston, Texas). She holds an MFA from the University of Alabama and a PhD from the University of Houston, where she was the recipient of the Inprint Marion Barthelme Prize in Creative Writing. She is an Assistant Professor of Fiction at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.