Originally from Honolulu, Hawai`i, Mariah Rigg is a Samoan-Haole writer and educator with a penchant for heartbreak. She has an MFA from the University of Oregon and is currently a PhD student at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where she spends her free time chasing waterfalls across the border in North Carolina (sorry TLC) and eating pastries. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Oxford American, The Cincinnati Review, Joyland, and elsewhere. She wrote most (if not all) of her book in bed, though she aspires to someday be one of those writers who has a standing desk. She is the nonfiction editor at Grist, a Journal of the Arts and a fiction editor at TriQuarterly.