Sybil Baker is the author of the linked short story collection Talismans. She is also the author of The Life Plan, Into This World (Foreword Book of the Year finalist, and Eric Hoffer Award Honorable Mention), and Immigration Essays. Her work has appeared in many publications including Guernica, Electric Literature, Glimmer Train, The Critical Flame, The Writer's Chronicle, The Collagist, and The Nervous Breakdown. She was awarded two MakeWork Artist Grants and a 2017 Individual Artist's Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission. She lives and teaches in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and is on faculty at the Yale Writers’ Conference. Her novel While You Were Gone will be published in spring 2018.