Angela Pelster was a 2021 McKnight Artist Fellow judged by Hanif Abdurraqib. Her first essay collection Limber won the Great Lakes Colleges Association Award for nonfiction and was a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in LitHub, Ploughshares, Tin House, Granta, The Kenyon Review, and The Gettysburg Review, among others. She’s been a Bread Loaf Fellow in nonfiction, a Minnesota State Arts Board grantee, and has an MFA from the University of Iowa. She’s an associate professor of creative writing in St. Paul, Minnesota, and she’s currently at work on her new book, The Evolution of Fire: Essays in Crises.