Wendy Rawlings is the author of Come Back Irish, winner of the 2000 Sandstone Prize for short fiction, and The Agnostics, winner of the Michigan Literary Award. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, the Kenyon Review and many other publications. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships at the BreadLoaf Writers Conference, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. Her most recent book is a story collection, Time for Bed, out in 2019. She teaches creative writing at the University of Alabama, and will be appearing at Word of South with the writer Diane Roberts.