Shari Astalos received her MFA in creative writing from Rutgers-Newark, where she was also a lecturer in the English department. She was a semi-finalist for the 2021 American Short(er) Fiction Prize and an alternate for a 2022 Fulbright in the creative arts to Spain. She has spent the past year in Barcelona with her husband and children, working on an essay collection about the Jewish diaspora. While in Spain, she was a guest lecturer in the Department of Philology at the University of Valencia. Prior to receiving her MFA from Rutgers in 2022, Shari worked as an immigration attorney. She holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from the University of Miami School of Law. She recently finished her first novel.