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Jessica Penner earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Sarah Lawrence College. Her first novel, Shaken in the Water (Foxhead Books/Workplay Publishing) was named an Editors’ Choice by the Historical Novel Society. She has published fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in WordgatheringLuna LunaThe FiddlebackBellevue Literary ReviewRhubarb, Journal of Mennonite StudiesJournal of Mennonite Writing, the anthology Tongue Screws and Testimonies, among others. She received Honorable Mentions in fiction and nonfiction from Open City and Bellevue Literary Review, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She lives in New York City.