Lydia Paar holds an MFA from Washington University and an MA from Northern Arizona University. Her work was selected by Alexander Chee as the winner of North American Review’s 2020 Terry Tempest Williams Creative Nonfiction Prize and was named as a finalist in contests at Glimmer Train and december. She is a recipient of a Frederick and Frances Sommer Foundation Fellowship and of a Millay Colony for the Arts Residency. Previous work has also appeared in Essay Daily, Alligator Juniper, Five:2:One, and Manzano Mountain Review, with new work forthcoming in New England Review. She is finishing a memoir-in-essays. www.lydiapaar.com.