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Rhonda Zimlich is the winner of 2021 Please See Me Fiction Award for her short story, “The Gravity of Adrienne Lane.” She was awarded the 2020 Dogwood Journal Award for Nonfiction for her essay, “The Ritual of Smoking.” That same essay received an honorable mention in the Best American Essays of 2021, edited by Kathryn Schulz. Her novel manuscript, Raising Panic, was named a semi-finalist in the Hidden River Arts Eludia Award and the Petrichor Prize from Regal House. Her short story, “Blue Venus,” was a finalist in the Jerry Jazz Musician 48th Short Fiction Contest. Other publications are listed on her publication page. She holds an MFA in Writing from VCFA and teaches writing at American University. Follow her on Twitter @rhondazimlich