Kim van Alkemade is the author of the historical fiction novel Orphan #8 (William Morrow). Her creative nonfiction essays have appeared in literary journals including Alaska Quarterly Review, CutBank, and So To Speak. Born in New York, N.Y., she earned a BA in English and History from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and an MA and PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a Professor in the English Department at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania where she teaches writing. She lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Connect with Van Alkemade on Facebook/KimvanAlkemade, Twitter @KimvanAlkemade, Instagram kimvanalkemade, and KimvanAlkemade.com.