Serena Simpson is a writer from Chicago, IL. She earned a BA in English at Spelman College and an MA in Writing & Publishing at DePaul University and is currently working on an MFA (nonfiction) and an MA (English Lit) at Northwestern University. Serena writes character-driven narratives that infuse introspection with cultural criticism. Her work is often concerned with exploring memory, place, and the overlap, interstices, and interplay between them. Serena was awarded the Chicago Guild Literary Complex’s 2018 Leon Forrest Prose Award in nonfiction and is thrilled to have been named a 2019 Tin House Scholar.