Amy Cipolla Barnes is the author of three short fiction collections: Ambrotypes (word west press), Child Craft (Belle Point Press) and Mother Figures (ELJ Editions). Her words have appeared in many publications including The Citron Review, JMWW, trampset, Flash Frog, No Contact Mag, Leon Review, Complete Sentence, The Bureau Dispatch, Nurture Lit, X-R-A-Y Lit, McSweeney’s, Southern Living, SmokeLong Quarterly, and others. She’s been nominated for Best of the Net, the Pushcart Prize, Best Microfiction, Best Small Fictions, and long-listed for Wigleaf50 in 2021, 2022, and 2023. She’s a Fractured Lit Associate Editor, Gone Lawn co-editor, Ruby Lit assistant editor and reads for The MacGuffin, CRAFT Literary, Mason Jar Press, Best Small Fictions, and Narratively. A resident of Brentwood since 2006, she’s a recent empty nester. You can find her on Twitter at @amygcb.