Leah Francesca Christianson’s work has appeared in TriQuarterly, River Teeth, Storm Cellar Quarterly, Sundog Lit, and other publications. She earned an MFA at Miami University, where she was editor-in-chief of Oxford Magazine, received the Jordan Goodman Award in fiction, and taught composition and creative writing. In teaching, Leah’s driving goal is to foster two competing ideals—vulnerability and confidence. Encouraging experimentation in topic and form, she strives to help students share enough of themselves to articulate identity and foster empathy, while also maintaining the belief that one’s story is worth telling. In short, Leah’s teaching philosophy is: take the work seriously, not yourself. She recently completed a novel and is at work on a hybrid memoir.