Angela Pelster's new essay collection The Evolution of Fire: Meditations on Crises is forthcoming with Milkweed Editions. She is a 2021 McKnight Artist Fellow chosen by Hanif Abdurraqib, and her first non/fiction essay collection Limber won the Great Lakes Colleges Association Award for best new book in Nonfiction and was a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Her work has previously appeared in Orion, LitHub, Ploughshares, Tin House, Granta, The Kenyon Review, River Teeth and The Gettysburg Review among others. She’s been a Katharine Bakeless Nason Bread Loaf Fellow in nonfiction, a Minnesota State Arts Board grantee, and was an Iowa Arts fellow during her MFA at the University of Iowa (2012). Her first short story collection for children The Curious Adventures of India Sophia (2005, River Books), won the Golden Eagle Children's Choice Award. She’s an associate professor at Hamline University in St Paul, Minnesota.