Lucy Bryan is a writer, adventurer, mother, teacher, and lover of alpenglow, fungi, tiny streams, big trees, native wildflowers, campfires, homegrown vegetables, thunderstorms, and tents. She splits her time between Ohio's Appalachian Plateau and Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, where she teaches writing at James Madison University. Her essays have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and listed as 'notable' in Best American Essays. Her nonfiction and fiction have appeared in Earth Island Journal, Terrain.org, The Other Journal, Quarterly West, Superstition Review, and The Fourth River, among others. She holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2005) and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Penn State University (2011).