Gillian King lives in DeKalb, Illinois, where barbed wire was invented. Her work has appeared in River Styx, The Pacific Northwest Inlander, and other publications. She has a BA in film production and an MFA in creative writing from Southern Illinois University. She enjoys quirky characters, magical realism, and coming-of-age stories. Her story “The Dead Kid” was published in Carve in Winter 2008 and is being adapted into a short film. She became a reader in 2011.