Jay Sturner is an award-winning poet, fiction writer, and naturalist from the Chicago suburbs. From 2010 to 2017 he lived in Knoxville, Tennessee. He is the author of several books of poetry and a collection of short stories. His writing has appeared in such publications as The Magazine of Fantasy & Science FictionSpace & Time, Spectral Realms, Not One of Usand Star*Line, among others. He mainly writes fantasy, horror, and science fiction, but occasionally writes in other genres. Sturner is also a professional birdwalk leader and former botanist.