J Brooke (answers to “they”, prefers “e”) won Columbia Journal’s 2020 Womxn’s History Month Nonfiction Award, was a winner of Beyond Words Literary Magazine’s 2020 Dream Challenge, received Honorable Mentions in Craft Literary 2021 Flash Fiction Award and in Streetlight Magazine‘s 2020 Essay/Memoir Contest, had a fiction essay in the top seven finalists for North American Review’s 2020 Kurt Vonnegut Prize. Publications include Columbia Journal, Harvard Review, The Maine Review, TSR-The Southampton Review, Audiofile Magazine, RFD Magazine, Hartskill Review, Rubbertop Review, Mom Egg Review, Wingless Dreamer, Sunspot Literary Journal, Detour Ahead, The Bangalore Review. Brooke was Nonfiction Editor of the Stonecoast Review while receiving an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College, e majored in creative writing at Haverford College. Brooke’s misspent youth was spent in advertising.