Elise Burke received her MFA from Hollins University’s Jackson Center for Creative Writing and attended the Kratz Center for Creative Writing at Goucher College in Baltimore for her undergraduate work. She was awarded two Kratz Center for Creative Writing Fellowships in 2011 and 2012 and was the recipient of the Kratz Center’s 2012 Reese Award, naming her Goucher’s writer of the year. Elise received a 2014 James Purdy Short Fiction Award. She has been nominated for a pushcart prize, the Best of the Net anthology and one of her stories was named a 2014 storySouth Million Writers Award notable story. Her fiction has been accepted by or published in the Indiana Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Gulf Coast, Joyland, Heavy Feather Review, Swarm Quarterly, and others.