Jennifer Sapio was born and raised in Austin. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Barnard College and a PhD from the University of Texas. Dr. Sapio has served her students in the classroom for the past thirteen years. In addition to her academic and scholarly work, Jenni writes creative nonfiction and poetry as well. She was shortlisted for the Doug Draime Prize for Poetry (2020) and the Writer’s Advice flash memoir contest (2019). You can see her publications at Medium (where she is a Top Writer in Education), The Write Launch, Sonder Midwest, Raw Art Review and Chattahoochee Review (forthcoming), and elsewhere. She also volunteers for the Inside Literature program at the Travis County Correctional Complex and the Girls Empowerment Network.