Kim Brooks was most recently the personal essays editor at Salon. Her first novel, The Houseguest, was published in 2016 by Counterpoint Press, and her memoir, Small Animals: A Memoir of Parenthood and Fear, will be published in 2018 by Flatiron Books/Macmillan. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a Michener Copernicus Fellow, her stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, One Story, FiveChapters and other journals, and have received four special mentions in Best American Short Stories. Her essays have appeared in Salon, New York Magazine, Buzzfeed, and Lenny Letter. She lives in Chicago with her husband and children.