Jen Hirt’s memoir, Under Glass: The Girl With a Thousand Christmas Trees, won the Drake University Emerging Writer Award for 2011. Her essay “Lores of Last Unicorns,” published in The Gettysburg Review, won a 2010 Pushcart Prize. Her essays have also received the 2012 Gabehart Prize for Nonfiction from the Kentucky Women Writers Conference, an Ohioana Library grant, a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant, Pushcart Prize nominations, and a notable essay mention in Best American Essays. She has work forthcoming in Redivider, The Sonora Review, Confrontation, and The Baltimore Review, and has recently collaborated on a video essay, “Hollow Snake,” with artist Stephen Ausherman. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at Penn State Harrisburg.