Chelsey Johnson received an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford. Her debut novel Stray City came out with Custom House/ HarperCollins in 2018, and her stories and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, One Story, Ninth Letter, The Rumpus, and NPR's Selected Shorts, among others. She has received fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and Signal Fire Arts. Born and raised in northern Minnesota, she currently divides her time between Flagstaff, Arizona, where she is an assistant professor of English at Northern Arizona University, and Los Angeles, where she is writing for a television show. A second novel is in the works.