Sanaphay Rattanavong is a fiction and freelance writer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Bennington Writing Seminars. He has received grant support for his fiction from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Walker Art Center (nominated by the Southeast Asian Diaspora Project), has had work nominated for inclusion in the Best American Short Stories anthology, and continues to publish both fiction and nonfiction across various platforms and publications. Currently, he’s working on a novel investigating the intergenerational effects of war trauma and displacement. His interests include neuroscience and cognitive psychology, especially how it relates to storytelling, climate change (because we all need a livable planet), self-development (especially mindfulness and habit formation), socio-economic and racial justice, among many other things (thanks, Internet). Like folks everywhere in search of a little sanity, with one of his many backpacks strapped in, he enjoys exploring the outdoors.