ANGELA AJAYI’s first story, “Galina,” published in Fifth Wednesday Journal, won the 2017 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. Her essays, book reviews, and author interviews have appeared in The Common Online, Wild River Review, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune where she is a contributing book critic. A former book editor, she also teaches writing classes at the Literary Loft Center. She holds a BA in English literature from Calvin College and an MA in comparative literature from Columbia University. In her fiction, she often seeks to explore the intersection of race, gender and class in cross-cultural spaces. She has a short story forthcoming in Pleiades and is working on her first book, a collection of linked stories.