Kurt R. West earned his M.F.A. in Creative Writing at American University and still keeps close to the D.C. area, living in Gaithersburg, Maryland. While at AU, he had the privilege of interning with the production staff of Folio, AU’s journal of literary arts. Since then, he has spent the last 10 years working in the science publishing field and is currently in the process of writing his first novel. His work has appeared online, in other literary arts journals, and in a handful of editions of Bloodroot Literary Magazine (which he is pretty darn thrilled by).